July, 9 2011
I spent this past weekend in Detroit at Brennan pools, a swimming relic consisting of 3 long course pools that served as the venue for the 1956 Olympic Trials. The historic venue played host to a creative swim clinic. As an extension of the USA Swimming Detroit Project, The University of Michigan's Men's Swim Team volunteered in an interactive clinic with 52 swimmers from various Detroit area swim teams. The athletes rotated between four stations of stroke instruction for over 2 hours. The clinic was an example of one way a collegiate team can reach out to a local community and future swimming generations.
The Michigan team showed their character in the manner in which these young men carried themselves, understanding that as a collegiate swimmer you have a responsibility to share your gift of knowledge and the skills sharpened in competitive swimming to future generations. They spoke about goal setting, persistence, and focus. The area age group swimmers learned some great stroke work but also learned that although many members of the Michigan team are current and future Olympians, All Americans and Olympic Trial Qualifiers, all are students also striving to become future engineers, mathematicians, teachers and other professionals.
What a great day and great example! I challenge other collegiate teams across the country to follow suit.