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Association of Aquatic Professionals Statement

Dear Association of Aquatic Professionals Community,

Our hearts are heavy with our nation’s tragic history of violence and racism that continues to target the Black community. So many are hurting, including many of you, and this pain cannot be ignored. We grieve for those who have lost their lives, their loved ones, their innocence, and their opportunity in life as a result of prejudice and discrimination.

We stand with the Black community. As an association, we haven’t spoken out publicly on important social issues like racism and injustice up to now, but we need to use our voice to help drive change and support the path to healing. The crisis of systemic racism in America is something that demands action and attention from all of us.

We want to help create long-term change and will continue to seek out ways to be part of the progress, as an association and community. You have our commitment that acts of racism, hate speech, and discrimination of any kind are not tolerated.

We’re proud of the strong association that we’ve built together over the years, one that leads with love and one where everyone has the opportunity to thrive. Although the gravity of the injustice is immense, we believe in the power of community, the possibility that comes when we work together, and that love will always overcome hate.

We also extend our heartfelt appreciation to the many emergency personnel who have also been significantly impacted by the recent rise of activism in communities throughout the country.  We recognize and support all of the service members who remain committed to ensuring equity in their responses and safety in our communities.

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Juliene Hefter

Juliene is the Executive Director/CEO of AOAP. She has a background in running and operating diverse aquatic facilities and venues and is a national and international speaker on a variety of topics. She is also an expert witness/consultant.

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