Thank you for the warm welcome. I am a student of coach Thaddeous swimming with PB masters... I'll be attending the convention next week. I look forward meeting you and the rest of the members.
Hello Jayson! Sorry I didn't see your comment until today since I haven't been logging in since I started the profile! >_br/>I don't even remember how I found this site! I think it was because I was trying to find a particular Black sailor (Either HE Ross or Paul Mixon) and a link to his profile on this page came up. ^_^
I have known about the group for a while, guess my membership on this site somehow lapsed, attended a USMS ALTS Swim Instructor Certification Course over the weekend and Thaddeus Gamory reminded me to renew.
Lots of googling. I started looking for my old boss, Newt Jackson, and found him here. I'm feeling really anxious about wanting to get my son better and ready to compete. He was doing the developmental program at UMAC here at University of Maryland, but I didn't necessarily feel it was the best fit as there were dozens of kids in his program and there was so much talking and playing and not much focus on getting him better. Then I had back surgery and he stopped going altogether. Now he is 10, he's 5'3 with a 61.5 inch wingspan. I want him (and he wants) to be swimming. I have him working with a stroke coach at Trinity pool here in DC 2 days a week. My goal is to have him ready to compete by summer league. But I am wondering if there is something more, or something different I can be doing now to help accelerate him.
I heard about this website while why researching reasoning's of, "Why black people don't swim," a common social stigma among the African American Community.After reading the ALARMING CDC USA/North Carolina Drowning rate report among African American Males and other minor populations in he US, I realized this is an "Issue of epidemic proportions." As an African American Scuba Diver, Diversity in Aquatics is important to me, but you can not have diversity where there is a lack of people and interest.
I've decided to help address this issue starting with my home town. As a NCCU graduate student, I will create a Public community Water Safety Campaign and SCUBA program for Local High School Students to help bring awareness to diversity in aquatics, aquatic related activities and professions. This is my Mission and my Dream.
I was emailed the link for the page from a member of the YMCA I work at. He is a major contributor to the Rowing Community out here in Boston. We had talked about putting together a program at the aquatic center I run to make sure that all the inner-city kids that want to row can by making it easier for them to learn how to swim and educating the families so they feel more comfortable around the water.
Hi, I swam with Danille Strader Bordi growing up, and did many meets at PDR with Jim Ellis. I also was recently speaking with Thaddeus Gamory who told me about Sunday's convention. Hoping that I can make it.
I was researching a sermon about social justice issues and water. I followed quite a few broken links on FB, USA Swimming, the 2009 movie about Cullen Jones and Maritza Correia and found a link that worked!!!
I've been lifeguarding and swimming since a teenager and had already made a quite of few of the social justice and white privilege observations on my own. It was a wonderful relief to find other people with much more research and documentation confirming what I'd already seen and experienced!