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, motivational and education sessions, and team building activities.
Representing Connecticut Swimming was Omar Cruz, head coach of the Norwalk Zeus team, Asia Langley from the Connecticut Aquatic Club, Brian Cardona from the Norwalk Zeus team, and Joanne Lindberg, Connecticut Swimming Diversity/Outreach Chairperson.
This camp's coaching staff was headed by University of Pittsburgh Assistant Coach Tanica Jamison. Guest speakers included: Iconic Coach Jim Ellis, 2000 Olympian Maddy Crippen, Innovative Coach Arthur Lopez and Diversity Specialist Marc Brenman.
On the second day of camp, everyone was treated to a screening of Pride in the campus movie theater. After the movie, Jim Ellis, the inspiration behind the movie, spoke to the athletes and answered questions about his coaching career.
This was the first year an Eastern Zone Diversity camp was held and the goal is to make it an annual event.
For more information about Connecticut Swimming see http://ctswim.org.