Black Ski Group Hit Hard by Virus
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There hasn’t been much in the news about blacks with coronavirus, other than celebrities like NBA players and movie stars. But now, here’s a story:

From The Root:

Exclusive: A Black Organization Held One of America’s Biggest Ski Conventions. This Year’s Attendees Are Testing Positive for Coronavirus

Michael Harriot
Today 2:31PM

… Weeks after National Brotherhood of Skiers (NBS), America’s largest organization dedicated to supporting and developing winter athletes of color, hosted its popular national summit, black skiers and snowboarders are still reliving the weeklong convention, which according to the group’ website, is “the largest gathering of skiers and riders, more than any other ski convention in the United States.” Aside from the memories of camaraderie and revelry (and, in all likelihood, a few spades games) at an Idaho resort, many of this year’s older, more seasoned attendees brought home a more substantial parting gift:


Founded by two black ski enthusiasts in 1973, NBS first held its National Ski Summit in Sun Valley, Idaho in 1975. Since then, the organization has expanded to more than 60 local ski clubs across the country with more than 3,000 members. …

This year’s festivities, held Feb 29-March 7, brought more than 600 members from 51 different clubs back to Sun Valley to honor 81-year-old Ben Finley and 83-year-old Arthur Clay, the organization’s founders, as they were inducted into the National Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame.

Then people started getting sick.

The Root has learned that dozens of winter sports enthusiasts who were in attendance at the NBS Black Ski Summit have also tested positive for coronavirus.

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