Inspiring diversity in Olympics
The Kansas City Star
The diversity of the U.S. Olympic team is inspiring.
For decades it has been racially and ethnically inclusive. Black athletes going back to Jesse Owens have shown the doubting world how truly gifted they are as physically and otherwise.
But today that diversity is revealing itself in more profound ways. African American athletes are competing in sports such as gymnastics and diving, which were unimaginable years ago when I was a kid watching the games in awe of blacks performing in mostly track and field.
A front page picture in The Kansas City Star today of the U.S. women’s gymnastic team winning the gold medal is a great example of the diversity of the “Fierce Five” and the competitive edge that inclusiveness can provide.
That diversity also enables boys and girls who are watching the competition on television to see people like them and then dream of what they, too, might accomplish.