SwimSwam Podcast: Reece Whitley explains The Only Real Way Change Will Come

On SwimSwam Podcast, we’re giving you an in-depth listen at all things swimming. Host Coleman Hodges welcomes guests and guest co-hosts alike to get perspective on our ever-changing swimming universe and break down the past, present, and future of aquatic sports.

We sat down with Reece Whitley to talk about his experience as a black man in the swimming community. Recently, Reece shared a personal story from his youth on “Uninterrupted”, a platform launched by LeBron James for athletes. This is one of many instances in which Reece has started sharing his experiences in an effort to educate the community as to what black athletes and people go through on a daily basis.


Reece also details his meeting phonecall with Tim Hinchey, the president of USA Swimming, and the open discussion they were able to have on the Black Lives Matter movement, and how USA Swimming can move forward with initiatives that get the numbers of black participants higher than it’s current 1.5%. Reece was one of several current and former national team members who aided in the 2nd draft of USA Swimming’s statement on the Black Lives Matter movement sparked by the murder of George Floyd.

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Hint of Lime
6 months ago

Continues to be so well-spoken and mature beyond his years. Thanks for opening up and sharing your experiences, Reece!

Daniel Smith
6 months ago

Thank you! Great interview. Keep the conversations going. Will be tough as in some venues silence will ensue, but people need to answer the tough questions, and move forward.

Reply to  Daniel Smith
6 months ago

agreed….Thanks Daniel.

Corn Pop
Reply to  Daniel Smith
6 months ago

6 kids will never even get to swim lessons in Chicago . All shot dead this last week . Spread the word about one year old Sincere Gaston mowed down , a 3 year old , a 10 year old ( Hispanic) . Yeah move forward but with a National Guard . Words mean nothing.

Reply to  Corn Pop
6 months ago

Chicago is dangerous, sorry about your lost.
But car place

Jason Zajonc
Reply to  Daniel Smith
6 months ago

Thanks for sharing an amazing video. These are trying times and Reece is a great person.

6 months ago

Great Courageous Guy & Swimmer !! Keep on the deep work Reece .

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Coleman Hodges

Coleman started his journey in the water at age 1, and although he actually has no memory of that, something must have stuck. A Missouri native, he joined the Columbia Swim Club at age 9, where he is still remembered for his stylish dragon swim trunks. After giving up on …

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