From a swimming standpoint I have been really lucky to be affiliated with KING for the past five years. I am also open to helping run or speaking at and coach's clinics that are designed for coaches in the inner city or that serve minority swimmers.
Hey Jayson, Sorry for taking so long to get back in touch with you. I am working on the Native American connection with swimming. I should be done in a day or two. I so have a couple of illistrations I was able to find in the archives that I think you will find interesting....Stay tuned. :) Also we are working to establish a tri--masters program in the Fort Lauderdale area for kids with the hope of minimizing the numbers of unintentional drowning in the state. Are you aware of anyone in the area who you know who would be a great resource for us to talk to about this project?
Greetings Jayson. I was informed of the website from Shaun Anderson of whom I had just met at the past USA Swimming Diversity Summit. After having a chance to look at this website it is is great to see a networking site such as this one that is helping to address the need of increasing diversity in aquatics and the drive to help save lives. I can't wait to get a chance to really see more of it through my membership. Thanks so much!
Thanks for your response to the comments that I made relative to the swimming history lesson. I do have some information that I would like to share with you regarding what my Native American relatives have contributed to the sport of swimming and whaling in the beginning of the 19th century. I am somewhat uncomfortable with doing a video, because I have just joined the organization and I am feeling a bit anxious about that. However I am willing to write a brief history that I will post; if that's okay. I will send it directly to you and you can edit and use the information in a way that you feel will benefit the organization. Pls. let me know if that is okay and if so I will get the information back to you as soon as possible.
Thanks Jayson, talk to you soon
Thanks for your comments welcoming me to Diversity in Aquatics. I had first learned about the organization through my swim coach and then I spent time recearching articles on the web. I am pleased with what I have read so far and I look forward to working with you in the future.
I am looking for a job and I was interested in furthering diversity in swimming so I started looking at USA swimming and looked up different people's names who were involved and came upon your website. Not sure where to go from here but every step forward is leading me nearer to reaching a lifelong goal. I also contacted Sue Anderson and asked her if I could attend the Diversity Summit. That is the next step. Hopefully more doors will open after that.
Jayson, the conversation with Coach Wright that led me to your website, originated because of my recent involvement with a group wanting to create a triathlon training program for youth, to impact the incidents of drowning in Broward County. I am one of a small hand full of black swim coaches here in the Fort Lauderdale area, and I was hoping to start connecting with all of them to partner in this effort ( I have not met Lee Pitts, yet).
Hey Jayson, I was coaching at a swim meet with swim coach Gainus Wright ( Dillard High School and Aqua Angels, Fort Lauderdale), who has been coaching here in Florida much longer than I have ( I have been a masters swimmer and triathlete for 25 years, originally from NY, even studied swimming in college, but only started swim coaching 3 years ago). We were talking about Lee Pitts and he told me about your network. I'm happy and enthusiastic about being connected to the diversity in aquatics network.
Thank you for the prompt invitation to join your network. I was recommended by Charlie Lumpkin a member of NABS to contact your organization. This site has to be one of the best I have come across. I would like to invite you and other members of Diversity in Aquatics to visit the Legends of Diving web site to learn more about the program we have developed to recognize all persons regardless of race to be considered for the honored role as a legend of diving. I would be delighted to speak with you in greater detail - 800-992-3483 or 561-300-2034.