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Black History Month Spotlight: Olivia Lynch( Thu, Feb 4 00:02:AM)

Olivia Lynch is a former USTA and NBTA champion, a former collegiate twirler and a current baton twirling coach and USTA Professional member.

Olivia Lynch is from Easton, Pennsylvania. She was a competitive baton twirler for 22 years and now teaches in Pittsburgh, PA. Lynch has won many NBTA and USTA state, regional and national titles including Junior World Performing Arts Champion; 2004 Pre-teen Grand National Champion; 2006, 2009, and 2012 NBTA Team Member with the Wheaton Dance Twirl Team; 2010 USTA Northeast Regional Solo Champion; 2011 Congressional Cup Champion; and 2013 Disney Night of Stars Specialty Act Winner.

Lynch received a dual bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and Advertising from Point Park University. During her time there, she was a University of Pittsburgh Golden Girl. She was also a President Obama Fellow for the 2012 campaign, a 2013 Disney College program participant and a Kappa Kappa Psi Brother which is the national honorary band fraternity. She has worked for the Crayola Experience, LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester and the University of Pittsburgh in a variety of leadership and professional development roles.

Lynch currently works full-time at the University of Pittsburgh as the Manager of Young Alumni and Student Programs within the University of Pitt Alumni Association. As the Manager of Young Alumni and Student Programs, she is a project manager for student programs and resources, creates professional development opportunities and advises two student organizations. She has a passion for professional development and hopes to one day start her own business.

Her hope for the sport of baton twirling is that it continues to evolve with current trends and is an inclusive place for anyone who wants to be involved. Currently, baton twirling only showcase a portion of our athletes, and it would be great to show a variety of athletes in different colors and sizes in marketing and recruitment materials. She would also love to see a diversity and inclusion committee that helps promote diversity within the sport, an inclusive baton twirling website that supports all things within the sport, recruitment and marketing tools that target demographics that our sport isn’t currently reaching. That way, the sport be can marketed to national brands and help small businesses that support the sport with resources to stay relevant. Hopefully, this will make baton twirling recognizable across the United States.