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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.

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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

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At 8:29am on December 9, 2012,
Board Member
Shaun Anderson

Excited to be in Toledo, OH today for The Josh Project's - Soulfood for Swimming!

At 10:22am on June 28, 2010, Miriam S Lynch said…
I just saw the link to the piece you did with ABC news. Your spirit and determination is an inspiration. Thank you for all that you do!
At 6:52pm on June 24, 2010, Darrick Linton said…
At 6:51pm on June 24, 2010, Darrick Linton said…
Hi Wanda,
Boy, was I proud to see you on TV, late night news, and to see you now learning how to swim yourself was so awesome. Keep up the good work that you, Cullen, and so many others do to keep our children safe and from being higher stastictics in the water. God Bless You Wamda
At 5:27pm on March 30, 2010, Kathleen Lawrence said…
Dear Wanda Jean:
I would just love to meet you! also: do you know of any women of color who are in their 60's who would like to join me in a relay of the English Channel next year?
We would all raise funds and awareness for our personal causes.
Cheers and please check out my website: www.granniegatorhead.wordpress.com
God bless:
Kathleen Lawrence age 66
At 2:13pm on February 17, 2010, Kathleen Lawrence said…
Hi, Wanda Jean:
My website is: granniegatorhead.wordpress.com
Would like to see you someday!
Elbows up!
At 10:43am on December 2, 2009, JoAnne O'Neil said…
Hi Wanda, Sorry I have not been in touch. I just finished graduate school. I said I was going to send you some info on our swim program here in Springfield MA. Now that I have some time I will be sure to get you that info. I hope you are well. Thank you for speaking with me about the Josh Project back on October. God Bless you!
At 9:49pm on November 10, 2009, Ric Powell said…
Wanda, I, personally had a very enjoyable time, Diving, fellowshipping, and Networking with Black Scuba Divers throughout the diaspora, in the Bahamas.
Many of the Dive Summit participants are also members of Diversity in Aquatics.
I did not personally take any photos but I will contact individuals who did and post on the DAP Website. Thank you for your enquiry. Hopefully, we can expect to see you in attendance at future Scuba diving events - Ric P.
At 7:25am on October 27, 2009,
Board Member
Shaun Anderson
It went well, I’ll call ya tonight with details
At 1:42pm on October 3, 2009, JoAnne O'Neil said…
Hope lessons are going well I'll call you after them, thank you for allowing me to speak with you-till then best to you!
At 3:37pm on October 2, 2009, JoAnne O'Neil said…
I will call you this coming Saturday to see if you are home in the evening. Hope all is well, it will be great to speak with you. I just got a grant allocated for my first swim program!
At 9:38pm on September 27, 2009, Wanda Jean Butts said…
Hi Joanne:
Let's try Monday evening. I should be home after 6 pm (eastern time) I think!! Talk soon - we will talk!! Hugs................
At 9:13am on September 27, 2009, JoAnne O'Neil said…
Hi Wanda, Sorry I was unable to call you last night I was not home unitl late and by time I saw your e-mail I thought it was too late to call. Will you be home this afternoon, tonight or tomorrow night so I can try you again? Thank you for getting back to me. The only night I can't talk this week if Wednesday so please let me know what looks good for you.It will be wonderful to speak to you, best , JoAnne
At 7:27pm on September 24, 2009, JoAnne O'Neil said…
Hi Wanda, sorry I missed you tonight. I called a few minutes after 6pm Eastern Standard time and then again at 7 pm thinking you were maybe in a different time zone. Can we try to talk over the weekend or early next week? I got a call right before I called you so I was delayed a bit in calling. Again, it will be wonderful to have the opportunity to speak with you.
At 2:25pm on September 21, 2009, JoAnne O'Neil said…
Hi Wanda, I am creating a swim program for kids in the city in which I live, can you connect with me so I can learn about how you started swim programs in your area?
At 2:23pm on September 21, 2009, JoAnne O'Neil said…
Wanda, Can I speak with you? I am starting a swim program for kids in the inner city of Springfield Massachusetts, I would love to learn how you want about creating the" Josh Project" organization. My office number is 413-7821523 and cell is 413-2653673. Home is 413-7328222.
At 11:15pm on September 19, 2009, Betsy Hnath said…
Hey Ms. Butts! I was thrilled to see you highlighted on Real Sports, but more importantly, I was SO happy to see you in the water!!! One bubble at a time...
At 8:58pm on September 15, 2009, Jennifer Galvin said…
Looking forward to watching the HBO special tonight!

Hope you are well and that we get to hang again soon . . .

Big hugs,
At 9:28am on July 1, 2009, Ric Powell said…
How are things going with the "Josh Project" and your swimming lessons?
With Summer in and School is out, I know you must be busy with the program. Keep me abreast of your activities and stay blessed!

- Ric Powell
At 8:54pm on June 1, 2009, Naji said…
Ms. Butts,

I'd be truly honored to join the "Josh Project" Group and assist in anyway that I can. Also congratulations on learning how to swim! You now have access to two-thirds of the world for your viewing and learning pleasure! I hope I get the honor of meeting you someday and shaking the hand of such a great woman!

Peace and Love

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