Be the Change YOU want to See

Our Story

Black Baton Twirlers Network (BBTN) was the outcome of a two-part panel discussion regarding African Americans and their role within the sport of baton twirling during the pandemic and Black Lives Matter movement in 2020.  This network was formed to become a 501(c) non-profit that establishes the first steps to provide a platform for the voices, stories, and advocacy of black baton twirlers, their allies, and supporters.

The sport of baton twirling continues to face a lack of diversity. Specifically, within the competitive level of the sport, there is even more of a true under-representation with communities of color. The Black Baton Twirlers Network will support programs and targeted initiatives that will provide an outcome that strengthens the overall membership and leadership within the sport. 

 

The opportunity for those that are not a part of the Black or African American community can still participate in BBTN. BBTN understands that allyship is a proactive, ongoing, and incredibly difficult practice of unlearning and re-evaluating, in which a person of privilege works in solidarity and partnership with a marginalized group of people to help take down the systems that challenge that group's basic rights, equal access, and ability to thrive in our society (specifically the baton twirling community). Simply stated, everyone can practice allyship. 

It is about fundamentally understanding and recognizing how we move through the world and how we can help dismantle inequalities alongside those that face unjust systems that prevent them from ever having the safety and opportunities you may have.

This is where we see great change happening within the associations and the overall sport at large. We all become engaged and empowered in making a change for the betterment of the sport of baton twirling. 

 

Our founding members

  • John Mitchell

  • Olivia Lynch

  • Taylar Bolds

  • Irene Johnson

  • Keyanda Satchell 

Our Team