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Krystal Lara is one of very few Latinas in her class at Stuyvesant High School, and in the pool. She’s backstroking her way toward the Olympics.

From The New York Times:

Her Parents Thought Swimming Lessons Were a Good Idea

Krystal Lara is one of very few Latinas in her class at Stuyvesant High School, and in the pool. She’s backstroking her way toward the Olympics.…

Former Yale swimmer Siphiwe Baleka

Good video about former Yale swimmer Siphiwe Baleka

http://www.foxsports.com/video?vid=396080195760

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tennessee Aquatic Project Members “Take Pride in America Award “

Nashville, TN –June 27 2009 - The U.S. Department of the Interior has selected the
Diving with a Purpose program of the National Association of Black Scuba Divers
(NABS) as the 2009 winner of the “Take Pride in America Award” in the Public Private
Partnership category.

As described on the Take Pride in America website, participants in Diving with a
Purpose (DWP) received this national recognition and award because their members
have distinguished themselves as volunteers whose efforts have been a major
contribution to the conservation and preservation of the public lands and waters we all
enjoy.”

The Diving with a Purpose marine archeological training program was conceived and
developed by Biscayne Park Archeologist Brenda Lanzendorf, along with Ken Stewart
and Eric Denson of the NABS Southern region. Divers participate in an annual
weeklong training based in the Biscayne National Park at their own expense. Working in
collaboration with the National Park Service at the Biscayne National Park, this
collaboration has resulted in training over 13 African American divers as “marine
archeologists instructors Advocates and an additional 41 as archeologists advocates
with basic mapping and documenting skills.

The efforts of the DWP program participants have assisted the National Park Service in
identifying, researching and marking a number of sunken ship wrecks. They also
helped to develop professional site plans for historical and archeological sites in the
Biscayne National Park. These efforts have also helped to enhance the park’s historical
database which, in turn, ensures greater conservation and enhances its use and access
by the general public and scuba diving visitors.

Ken Stewart and Jerald Jones and Members of the Tennessee Aquatic Project and
Development Group Inc. Marcus Johnson, Terrance Adams and Kwadjo Tillman were
among the divers whose participation contributed to earning this award. All will travel to
Washington D.C. July 16-17 2009 to receive this award from the
Department of Interior.

For more information on TAP go to www.tennesseeaquaticproject.org {615 321-3060}
For more information on NABS go www.nabsdivers.org {1 800 521 6227}
For more information on DWP {615 321 3060}

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Congrats Ken!!
Great job Ken. I'm very proud of you and I'm glad I took DWP.

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