What is Black Baton Twirlers Network?
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. 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.
Why was BBTN founded?
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 recruitment and retention of twirlers of color.
Who founded BBTN?:
BBTN was co-founded by five former twirlers of colors. Olivia Lynch, John Mitchell, Keyanda Satchel, Irene Johnson, and Taylar Bolds.
How is BBTN structured?
BBTN is a non-profit organization. The executive board is the governing body of the organization.
Is BBTN just for people of color? Absolutely not! Many of our programs, events, and initiatives are geared toward people of color however, creating a diverse sport relies on EVERYONE. We invite anyone without regard to age, race, or gender to participate in any and all of our events, programs, and initiatives.
How can I get involved?
There are many ways that you can get involved with BBTN. You can become a member, sponsor, or committee member. To learn more, please check out our get involved page!