Many groups like The African American Outdoor Association (AAOA) encourage and support increasing fitness, health, and wellness for the African American community through vigorous outdoor activities. Part of The AAOA’s mission is to convince African Americans that outdoor recreation can combat high rates of heart disease, diabetes, and strokes.
All forms of outdoor recreation are encouraged, from hiking, cycling, climbing, to backpacking and camping. The following associations prefer various forms of watersports like canoeing, kayaking, whitewater rafting and even scuba diving.
Some of these organize programs in several states across the country. According to Heru-Ka Abu, the founder and director of Journey Outdoors “We conduct activities in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Washington D.C., Alabama, Colorado, South Dakota, and California.” In addition, “We receive inquiries about forming branches across the country. This year we plan to do just that. If you are interested in bringing Journey Outdoors to your neck of the woods contact us and we will get the process underway as quickly as possible.”
Here is a short list of some of the clubs and associations that promote watersports
- The African American Kayakers
- Journey African American Outdoor Sports Association or Journey Outdoors
- The National Association of Black Scuba Divers
- Kayak the Potomac