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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

http://www.foxsports.com/video?vid=396080195760

Arthur Lopez had a plan to create a safe, inviting, family atmosphere to teach kids how to swim. Incorporating those ideas with his primary mission of assimilation, he founded the Nadar Por Vida (Swimming For Life) swim team. He is a great coach because he wants the best for his kids and is not chasing accolades and championships for his own personal glory. He has stated that, "Our job is to get them in the water and pass them on to where they can continue to be successful in our communities through the sport of swimming and all it has to offer." How many coaches do that? Train kids so they will be productive on another team. Arthur's dedication to the sport and community are undeniable and help him make a positive impact in the lives of many. Coach Lopez is also a practicing Federal lawyer currently serving as an Associate General Counsel for the U.S. Office of Government Ethics.

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Comment by Shaun Anderson on April 9, 2012 at 3:28pm

Had the pleasure to stop by “Nadar Por Vida” last weekend to see Arthur Lopez.  As always great kids & awesome program!  Thanks for all you do Arthur, still getting it done and making a difference as he says “Affecting lives one bubble at a time”.

Comment by Jayson Jackson on May 10, 2011 at 11:12am
Well said Miriam!
Comment by Miriam S Lynch on May 10, 2011 at 11:10am
Arthur you are an inspiration for us all! DAP thank you for highlighting a man and his family who has taken time out of their lives helping kids and their families learn about swimming.
Comment by Emily Kowalski on May 2, 2011 at 10:56am

I wear my Nadar Por Vida shirt with pride -Thank you Arthur!

 

Comment by Emily Kowalski on May 2, 2011 at 10:55am

Arthur is the most passionate advocate for the water and kids, he continues to educate and train from the heart.

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