NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Fisk University is launching the first women’s gymnastics program at a historically Black college and university. The Nashville, Tennessee, competes at the NAIA level. Fisk is hoping to begin the program during the 2022-23 season and will award athletic and merit scholarships. The move comes amid an uptick in participation among gymnasts of color at all levels. Black women account for nearly 10% of the scholarship athletes at the NCAA Division I level, an increase from 7% in 2012. More than 10% of USA Gymnastics membership self-identify as Black.
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