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Swimming for the Soul

Posted on April 19, 2012 at 7:14pm 0 Comments

From the, by Lynn Sherr:

To call swimming a religious experience might sound like sacrilege.

But for many of us, every time we slip into a bikini, or plunge into the ocean, or pound out our laps, we’re actually taking part in a spiritual rite. Swimming is an ancient activity, combining the mystical properties of waters with the pure joy of…


USRowing Diversity Invitational Recap

Posted on August 5, 2011 at 12:55pm 0 Comments

On July 30 my wife and I had the honor and privilege to attend the First Annual USRowing Diversity Invitational. For those of you who have never been to Rochester, I highly suggest you make a visit. I honestly felt as if Rochester is the friendliest city I have ever been to. Upon arriving to city limits, we…


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At 3:56pm on August 14, 2014, Renite Ellis said…

Hello Jayson, thank you for your welcome. I am a member of NABSFoundation and Paul Washington Jr. told me about the organization.  He will be at the convention this weekend.. 

At 2:37pm on August 12, 2014, Allen Thompson said…

Hello Jayson,  Thank you for approving me.. Trevin Greene and I grew up together..

At 7:37pm on July 19, 2014, Adrienne Travis said…

Hi Jayson,  I found out about Diversity in Aquatics by sheer accident.  I was looking for something related to Florida black boaters and it came up and it sounded interesting.  I'm just trying to find something interesting to do and perhaps learning something in the process.

At 8:52am on July 9, 2014, Ernie Franklin said…

I found out about "Diversity in Aquatics" though Ken Stewart founder of Diving With a Purpose (DWP). An underwater archaeology program. I support Ken by being his educational coordinator for the youth component of (DWP). I also work with Ken in his coral restoration program that we've started for adults and youth.


At 10:21am on June 13, 2014, Thomas Moore said…

I have been reseaching professional develpoment opportunities for Diversity in Aquatics through USA swimming and came across this website. I am actually trying to make arrangements with my school corporation to attend the Conference in August. I work as the Aquatic Director and Head Swimming & Diving coach in Indianapolis, IN our school corporation has over 11,000 students. Most of our students are Black 60% or Hispanic 20%. We are in the middle of a renovation to get a new state of the art Aquatic Center (10 lane 50 meter w/ separtate instructional pool w/ shallow and warm water) that is scheduled to open in August of 2015. I am excited about the opportunity to bring outstanding aquatics programming to our community. I think this is a great website to network and share ideas. I am happy to now be apart of it.

At 5:16pm on May 29, 2014, Jelani Watkins said…

Mr. Jackson:

I actually found you all online via an online search. My swim program, housed at Morehouse, is trying to find other swim teams or club programs that are housed at HBCU's. We are currently in the planning stage of hosting our first AUC Tigersharks Invitational Swim Meet in the Fall, and would love it if there were other programs, big or small, that would be able to attend the meet. We want to know of their issues, whether financial or low member count or whatever, so that we can see if there is a solution that can be found. We believe that this can make a big statement, and we could use all of the support that we can find.

We met with Shaun Anderson last semester after our team attended the Black Heritage Swim Meet in DC in February of 2013. Since then, it has always been a goal of ours to host our own meet invitational, open to any swim teams, focusing on the participation of other HBCUs.

So, in short, we're hoping that this site can serve as a tool to make this dream become a reality.

At 2:20pm on May 27, 2014, Dianne Lahey said…

Hello Jayson!

Thank you for welcoming me into the group.  A colleague, Dean Whitman shared the group information with me.

At 4:26pm on May 19, 2014, Marlene Bloom said…

Hi Jayson,

I heard about Diversity in Aquatics through Thaddeus Gamory.  We met at the Broward County Drowning Prevention Task Force meeting.  He requested that my swim school should join.

Thank you for welcoming me to your organization.

Have a water safe day.

At 6:36pm on April 25, 2014, Celeste Norman said…

Hi there,

I have known Dr. Jane Katz for quite some time now and she is the person that referred me to Thadius. She gave me his number and told me to call, if I wanted to get involved with the conference, and so I did. Thadius and I spoke for a couple of minutes ..and encouraged me to join and check out the website....see what interest me I am. My family lives in Southern California, and we all swim. I taught myself in New York City while going to the summer pools swimming with my Auntie, who  loved swimming. She would leave me and swim laps, occasionally checking on me. And that's how I got started in swimming! While I was attending high school in Queens, New York, I met my first swimming teacher/Coach named Mrs. Miller (later called her my mother/auntie) From there, she allowed me to assist her with class demonstrations...and I have been involved in aquatic activities with  YMCA, most recently, Boy Scouts of America, Arthritis Foundation. Recently, I have decided to acquire an Adaptive Aquatics Certification. I have to decide who im going to register with. I believe this is where I will interact with "Diversity Aquatics" first. For future planning, I forsee doing a workshop in this area. More children are being diagnosed with Autism and other spectrum disorders, that we need to take a hard look at this for the future....thanks for welcoming me and we can chat some more another time.

Have a Great Day!

At 8:25am on April 11, 2014, Leighann Stone said…

Hey Jayson,

I recieved an e-mail from a colleague, who suggested a take a look at this site and become a member.  So I did, there is a lot of great information here.





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