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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


June 2011 Blog Posts (24)

Who's working in the garage?


 This past week I have been assigned to work at Chesterfield Swimming Pool. The demographics of the Chesterfield Swimming Pool patrons is 97 percent African American youth and adults, ages from 6 to 30 years of age, and 60 percent male 40 percent female.  Listening to the young people got me thinking. The kids at that pool want what most other people want in life, the good life. Now you can define the good life by material possessions in this case. However, from listening to their…


Added by Robeson White on June 29, 2011 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Toy or a False Sense of Security?

I had the opportunity to read ‘Jabari Makes A Splash’ to a group of preschoolers recently.  You can listen along on YouTube if you like. 


When I got to the ‘who should…


Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on June 29, 2011 at 12:30pm — No Comments

ConocoPhillips Teams Up With USA Swimming Foundation and Cullen Jones for Annual Make a Splash Tour

From the USA Swimming Foundation:

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., June 27, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- For the third consecutive year, the USA Swimming Foundation and Olympic Gold Medalist Cullen Jones have joined forces with ConocoPhillips to raise awareness about the importance of learning how to swim as part of the Make a Splash Tour with Cullen Jones. Through this tour, Jones, a survivor of a near-drowning incident at age… Continue

Added by DAP News on June 29, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments

CAC Swimmer, Asia Langley Recognized as Role Model

From theday.com:

On June 16th, the first Eastern Zone Diversity Camp was held at La Salle University with the purpose of inspiring athletes from ethnically under-represented populations to become leaders in the sport of swimming.

Twenty-four athletes and 12 LSC members attended the three-day camp, which included a combination of pool training,…


Added by DAP News on June 29, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments

Greater Lawrence Community Boating

Despite the rain, blessing of the fleet and open house for sailing, rowing, and paddling in Lawrence, MA will go on today!  Here's wishing everyone a safe summer on the water, wherever you are!  --Ellen

Added by Ellen Minzner on June 25, 2011 at 8:52am — 1 Comment

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“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” Einstein

“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” Einstein



Added by Shaun Anderson on June 23, 2011 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

You don't need food if you're dead.


Pretty harsh, but it’s true.  If your child is dead they don’t need food, water, health care, clothing or education.  


This harsh truth finally upended a mental roadblock that has bothered me for several years.  How to justify teaching children to swim if they are struggling for even the basics?  Isn’t swimming…


Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on June 22, 2011 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Being Prepared for Access to All: Reflections from National Learn to Row Day

I recently joined my local rowing club and decided to volunteer for National Learn to Row Day on June 4. The weather was lovely, the turnout was decent (about 40 people), and I enjoyed co-instructing and part-time rowing to help set up (i.e., keep balanced) the boat for the new rowers. But I'm not so sure that our club was prepared to provide access to all, which inspired me to share this experience and request your feedback.


As an African American rower who is…


Added by Faheemah on June 20, 2011 at 9:00pm — No Comments

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Rolling down in Philly this is the new...Eastern Zone Diversity Camp

Eastern Zone Diversity Camp - Philadelphia, PA

This past weekend the Mid-Atlantic LSC diversity committee hosted the first Eastern Zone Diversity Camp at La Salle University.  With the purpose of…


Added by Shaun Anderson on June 20, 2011 at 10:30am — 4 Comments

EZ Diversity Camp


I just wanted to thank everyone for their participation and support at the EZ Diversity Camp this weekend in Philly! I didn't get the chance to thank all of you! I truly appreciated your help during the camp and I feel it was a great success thanks to everyone who participated! The kids truly were terrific and I am sure they will use what they have learned to become leaders in their communilties and in the wonderful sport of swimming!



Added by Suzanna Durner on June 19, 2011 at 10:39pm — 1 Comment

Now For Some Good Football Swimming News

With the NBA finals now behind us, we can look forward to football season in a few months, right? Well...maybe.

Although the idea of football players striking is not palatable or exciting, I just heard a good story to come out of the labor dispute.

The Kansas City Chief's Leonard Pope saved a boy from drowning. Pope was in his home town, not at training camp, (see, 1… Continue

Added by Angela Gray on June 18, 2011 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Don't Panic!!!


I’m all about innovation.  Not just for the sake of creating new things, but when innovation turns conventional wisdom on it’s head with better results.  Jabari fits into that category - I’m challenging ideas on when and how we involve children to keep them safe.  Jabari’s mantra to parents is:


Teach. …


Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on June 16, 2011 at 1:59pm — No Comments

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Washington DC- Coaches Clinic

Washington DC-
Just wrapped up the Washington, DC coaches clinic with Ben Sheppard & Miriam Lynch..So many pools so much potential for further expansion.

Added by Shaun Anderson on June 14, 2011 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Chiefs TE Pope saves six-year-old boy from drowning

From Yahoo! Sports, by Doug Farrar:…


Added by DAP News on June 14, 2011 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

Help Teams Get To Rochester, NY

Take a look at how an entire rowing community in Austin is supporting

the very historical USRowing Diversity Invitational being held in

Rochester New York July 30 2011. Email me for more information and if

you want to send a crew or go to our sponsor Regatta Central

www.regattacentral.com to register a crew. Follow the link below…


Added by Lydia Boddie-Rice on June 13, 2011 at 3:28pm — No Comments

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Waynesboro, VA

Big things brewing in Waynesboro, VA as they attempt to make their community water safe in a big way.

Added by Shaun Anderson on June 13, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

international water safety day

This is an important event that needs the support that it deserves as there are so many unnecessary deaths and injuries due to lack of water safety skills.

Added by angela lanier on June 12, 2011 at 2:52pm — No Comments

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Norfolk, VA - Mary Helen Water Safety Day-

The First Annual Mary Helen Water Safety Day celebrated the influence that the late Mary Helen had on generations of water safety instructors and the teaching of millions on how to be safer in and around the water.  Her efforts still echo in the community through the work of others like Leslie Paul and Coach William… Continue

Added by Shaun Anderson on June 12, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

USRowing Announces 2011 Diversity Invitational

June 09, 2011

PRINCETON, N.J. – USRowing is pleased to announce the inaugural USRowing Diversity Invitational is set for July 30, 2011 in Rochester, N.Y. Sponsored by MVP and hosted by Cross Currents Minority Rowing, the event features competition among USRowing’s America Rows partner programs.

“The USRowing Diversity Invitational offers more than great rowing,” said USRowing Inclusion Manager Richard Butler. “This event is a way to inspire athletes from ethnically diverse and… Continue

Added by Lydia Boddie-Rice on June 11, 2011 at 7:58am — No Comments

Vaccinating Against Death


Vaccines save lives.  Vaccines prevent diseases, they don’t cure them.  


The concept is simple, introduce a small amount of the disease you are trying to prevent  into the body and allow the body to develop natural immunities.  Teach the body what to do when they encounter the disease so that they never develop…


Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on June 8, 2011 at 10:54am — No Comments

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