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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


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At 8:03pm on May 31, 2009, Naji said…
Ms. Butts,

Thank you for turning such a deep loss in your personal life into an opportunity that can save so many lives. It has always been my desire to teach children of color to learn to swim. All drowning rates can be eliminated if communities see swimming as a life-skill and not just a sport. Through your commitment we are helping tear down the age old assumption that Black folk don't swim.
At 4:59pm on May 26, 2009, Darrick Linton said…
Hi Wanda,
Every now and then, I will give a shout out, to see that all is well with thee. I know you have been extremely busy, which is a good thing now-a-days. I love your new photo, which shows a different perspective of you each time. Keep up the good work, inspiring all who comes across your path. God is still using you as an instrument of His Peace and Love. I don't know when, but I promise, you will see me one day in person, when I visit my relatives in Toledo. Love you My Sister. Darrick, aka dswimmer
At 1:30am on April 25, 2009, David Horowitz said…
Thanks for saying hi, Wanda Jean. I was impressed with what you are doing with The Josh Project and without knowing too much about it except for the Web site, I decided I wanted to support you and your efforts :-)
At 12:06pm on April 12, 2009, toni saunders said…
hello ms wanda,we did meet at the april pools day,it was a beautiful event,i really enjoyed helping with the life jacket portion of the program,we met & were able to talk after the event,you also met the twins,taimar and dahomey,thank you for allowing them to ask questions about your son-your honesty was great!see you next year!
At 3:13pm on April 11, 2009, JB Walsh said…
Thank you! I had a blast with Shaun and the children last week. I'm looking forward to more. I just glad I am able to help out!
At 8:36pm on April 8, 2009, Ric Powell said…
SCUBA is an acronym for Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus. This means that you carry your own air supply in a
tank with you under the water. This makes you free from depending
on someone or mechanism to supply you with air from the surface.
SCUBA also eliminates cumbersome hoses, and provides you with additional mobility underwater.
At 9:14am on April 8, 2009, Terrance Afer-Anderson said…
Certainly, I would love to join FLOAT and The Josh Project. Tell me more about FLOAT. Won;t be able to do anything until after April 20 though. I am completely submerged in multiple projects that have the same due dates.

It was nice meeting you as well. You are a great lady, Wanda, and an unparalleled advocate for safe swimming for minorities. You do Josh well!

Having newer, uinblemished copies of Giving Angels Wings done. Will send one to you as soon as they are finished.

Peace & Blessings!

At 6:33am on April 8, 2009, Darrick Linton said…
Hi Wanda,
Thanx for the response, and yes, I agree with you My Sister, God is still in charge and reining from his throne. Nice update on your photo!!! Looks Good. Take Care and please do continue to keep me in your prayers. Yours In Christ, Darrick
At 1:09am on April 8, 2009, Ric Powell said…
Wanda, I would be honored to join the Josh Project!

At 8:46pm on April 7, 2009, Regina Mobley said…
I pray the Obama's will get behind this effort to reverse the statistics on minorities and drowning. Who knows? One day you may be at the Whitehouse telling your story.
At 7:23pm on April 7, 2009, Betsy Hnath said…
Mrs. Butts,

As always, it was a pleasure to see you here at April Pools Day. I trust that you will take those swim lessons and experience the same type of joy I see on the faces of the Josh Project students every day. I have learned much more from the sport of swimming than simply mastering strokes. It has taught me the value of dedication, hard work, and discipline. I know you have it in you to learn, and when you do -- LOOK OUT!! :)

Thanks for who you are, and for all you do.

At 6:42pm on April 7, 2009, Clifton D. Hicks said…
Hey there!
It was a pleasure meeting you too! Sure I will join the Josh Project. Let's keep in touch.
At 1:45pm on April 7, 2009, Regina Mobley said…
Kudos to Wanda for her recent speech in Norfolk, Virginia. You are looking terrific!
At 11:55am on April 6, 2009, Jennifer Galvin said…
Hi Wanda,
It was great to finally meet you this weekend. I'm sorry I didn't get to give you a hug goodbye, but hope to see you again soon!
At 9:07am on March 23, 2009, Terrance Afer-Anderson said…
Good Morning, Wanda! Pleasure making your acquaintance last week. Looking forward to seeing you on April 4. Wiil tell you more about Giving Angels Wings then and hope to be able to provide you with a copy of the video.



P.S.: Should be able to join The Josh project later today or tomorrow.
At 8:18pm on March 20, 2009, Wanda Jean Butts said…
I look forward to meeting you and being a part of a very special near and dear to me project. I applaud you and your efforts. See you April 4th - peace, love & joy...Josh's mom wanda
At 8:57am on March 20, 2009, Terrance Afer-Anderson said…
Good Morning, Ms. Butts!

I was referred to you by Shaun Anderson. I'm developing a water safety awareness video and seminar program entitled "WaterLine Teens: Keeping Heads Above Water." The project targets Norfolk and other metropolitan Hampton Roads teens with a water safety and drowning prevention message, especially around natural bodies of water. I'd like very much to interview you when you are in town for NSU's "April Pools Day." The focus of the interview would be emphasis on the importance of the "Water Line Teens" message and highlighting "The Josh Project;" using Josh's own story as the platform for our discussion. Might you be available please for an interview on April 3? We will be conducting a number of interviews at that time and would love to include you.

If interested, do please give me a call at either 757-683-8836 (office) or 757-839-7963 (cell). I can also be reached via e-mail at: Terrance.AferAnderson@vdh.virginia.gov.


At 10:12pm on March 18, 2009, Darrick Linton said…
Hi Wanda,
Long time no hear from. I hope all is well with you and the rest of the Josh Project Personnel. I almost didn't recognize you due to your pic. You darkend it, or at least, it came out that way. How's everything going in your neck of the woods(Toledo)? Will give a shout out every now and then. Take Care. Darrick
At 8:40pm on March 18, 2009, Sue Nelson said…
It was very informative. Sadly we met a couple who recently lost there little boy to drowning. But they were doing like you trying to make a difference. They wrote a book (water safety) and founded a Foundation to provide education and scholarships for children who cannot afford lessons. We met many people who are truly interested in making a difference and joining with each other to increase the awareness of the importance of water safety education.

I look forward to the next time we can meet. Best to you

At 12:19pm on March 6, 2009, Diane Butts said…
Now that I see your page [I went right to the message section to send you an e-mail,] I understand what brings you here! What a powerful story you have Wanda. God is good.


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