The Nubian Empire Ski Club in New York is attempting to break the stereotype that African-Americans do not ski. They have made it their goal to expose more minority kids to this activity because they truly believe that the black community is missing out on a great experience. The New York Times reports that learning to ski helps relieve stress and is a safe and productive pastime.

QUEENSBURY, N.Y. — It was nearly time for lessons to begin, but Marcel and Kwesi could not be found. The West Mountain ski school director hurried into the rental shop looking for the missing students. Other members of the Nubian Empire Ski Club filled the benches, snapping stiff buckles into place.

Omoye Cooper, the club’s president, stood among the bent bodies, sorting tickets and fielding questions, including this latest: Where were Marcel and Kwesi?

Ms. Cooper pointed out the window toward the base lodge.

“You’ll see them,” she said, laughing. “They’re probably the only brown boys in there.”

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