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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


  I am proposing that all DAP network affiliates gather materials in an effort to use the network resources to enable the research and production of a feature-length documentary project on the history of Swimming in the US.  So many times errors and omissions are made in the historical record until such a project is finished.

  In particular, I am urging all DAP affiliates to scan photo images, articles, and any other oral-history interviews in

an effort to compile a comprehensive online archive with which a team of researchers could work with a production team

to finish a film\video project.  DAP has an important role to play in this process and should likewise be an important

beneficiary of the end results.

 A key element to this suggestion is that all such DAP contributing affiliates would authorize intellectual property

rights on behalf of  DAP.  In this way, a successful effort would lead to possible funding sources for DAP programs

through proceeds gained in the distribution of said project.  Such an effort in partnership with USA Swimming and

other such like-minded institutions could be of great assistance in helping DAP fulfill its stated mission in programs

directly serving its varied targeted constituencies. 



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Comment by Mark M. Lewis on May 20, 2011 at 9:28am

  Obviously of project of this nature would have specific legal considerations.  As an online archive may make

unauthorized biographies possible with materials arguably in the public domain.  Likewise, there are

individuals who may have the the ability to create marketable independent projects on their specific

biographies, the rights to which they would not release to DAP.  However, in a 90-120 min feature project,

each major segment itself would be 5-10 max and only limited portions of proprietary materials would need be



 Indeed, this proposed project would be of the nature of a dissertation of a candidate for

a PHD in History, with specific and pre-determined parameters such as time period of study, region of

emphasis, and thesis premise.  I would suggest an analysis of National, Age-Group, and Collegiate Swimming

levels in the US from 1900-present, with the specific contexts of social barriers to the diversification of the sport

(segregation) and programs and individuals who succeeded despite said barriers.  Practically speaking,

the project may be presented in chapters such as by decade or generation, with regional segments in each

chapter, i.e.: Chapter 1 1920's-1930's a) NorthEast b) SouthEast etc...


 As no one should make a meal of meat and potatoes alone, there would be obvious need for information such

as that listed in the ISHOF Trailblazers presentation to attempt to combat the stereotypes related to if not

resulting from the social barriers to inclusion during the stated era.  In all, it would seem that DAP would

need to enlist a committee to set the parameters of the project, produce a treatment to promote the funding of

the project, and then enable or employ a team of professional researchers to provide the script for production.


 Sabir Muhammad's biography is a model for shared proceeds from the distribution phase.  Contributors

may agree with DAP and publishing agents on a shared distribution percentage in return for whatever

proprietary project materials they contribute.  The only difference here is that the treatment and script for

the project would be work-product of a DAP committee and any such contributing DAP committee member

would be donating their service or paid a professional fee without personal production rights.




Comment by Robeson White on May 18, 2011 at 8:12pm
I would like to participate in this project.
Comment by Naji on May 18, 2011 at 4:30pm
Mark this all sounds well and fine but I would need to know more before I can submit material for such a venture. I'm not trying to be difficult, but I am cautious. Thank you for your time.

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