Grace College student, Eddie Gill IV, is about to begin his “Journey for a Cause,” a 10-day trip that will begin on the Ohio River in Evansville, Ind., and end in the Gulf of Mexico in Navarre Beach, Fla. Today, the Indianapolis Recorder carries as story about his adventure. A portion of the story appears below. Click here to read the complete article.
Grace College student raises awareness for diversity in outdoor sports
Eddie Gill IV began boating and fishing with his grandfather in Utah at 3 years old. From that moment, what started as a hobby became the passion that is now “Journey for a Cause.”
“Journey for a Cause” is a 10-day trip starting June 1 to June 10 from the Ohio River in Evansville to the Gulf of Mexico in Navarre Beach, Florida, to promote the idea that the color of your skin should not keep you from doing what you love.
Gill began this journey when he saw there was a lack of diversity in an activity he loves so much. Growing up, he noticed a stigma surrounding African Americans who shared a passion for boating and fishing. He often heard statements such as “That’s not very Black of you” whenever he told others about his interest in outdoor activities.
A lack of exposure and accessibility is the main reason for the African American community’s overall disinterest with outdoor adventure activities, he said. Gill is using his awareness of outdoor activities to bridge the gap.
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