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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


Urban Swim Program, Buffalo City Swim Racers Launches Website

The Buffalo City Swim Racers, an urban swim program in Buffalo, NY, has launched its website (www.buffaloracers.org).  BCSR is a unique swim program registered with USA Swimming.  The program is a collaborative effort between local business leaders, public agencies, educators and faculty from the University at Buffalo.  One of the goals of BCSR is to provide an alternate model to USA Swimming clubs attempting to draw swimmers from low-income families or urban areas.


The membership (70 swimmers) of BCSR is 90-95% minority and 90-95% of the kids qualify for USA Swimming's Outreach Membership.  Members receive equipment and services at no charge including coaching, swimsuits, caps, goggles, t-shirts and if needed, homework assistance.  To be eligible for membership in BCSR and receive the free services and equipment, each child must attend school within the city limits of Buffalo, demonstrate academic progress towards an 80 GPA in all their subjects in their first year, achieve an 80 GPA in their second year and maintain a standard of 90% attendance in the classroom.


Funding for BCSR is made possible through the efforts of fundraising and grants petitioned for by its Board of Directors, committees and local leaders.  BCSR currently has received a $50,000 grant from the Margaret L. Wendt Foundation, $10,000 donation from M&T Bank, $5,000 from the Buffalo Fire Department and $3,000 from the Rich Foundation.  In addition, their office space is donated by the Plaza Group, marketing services donated by Telesco Creative Group, and printing donated by Great Arrow Graphics.


Through partnerships with Watts Academic Tutoring and the Perry Choice Neighborhood Inititative, BCSR has been written into 2 long-term grants to obtain federal dollars to expand its program and add an additional 200 swimmers.


Feel free to check out the website at www.buffaloracers.org and if you would like to donate, click on the donate option in the menu.  Any support is appreciated.


For more information contact Mike Switalski at coachmike@buffaloracers.org or call at 716-359-4729.

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Comment by Ginnette Powell on December 9, 2014 at 8:11pm
great pictures of the team; kids are so happy when they can swim and have a great team.

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