This is the entry for the GNC Liberty Mile in 2015 from our Swim & Water Polo Camp, showing kids and staff, organized by first name. We’ve done a lot of running this year, especially at Camp South Hills and with the King’s Canyon at Camp Langley and even at Camp Faison after the bus ride or on days when there wasn’t a bus. With the 90-degree heat expected in the next two days, the running is put on the back burner. We have an advantage however, as we can run in the swim pool!
Aayron Issaiah Law
Brae Lynn Branch
Camron Siler McCallister
Da Jion Devers
Da Quan Devers
Dondre Watson Ellis
Eugene Hall Jr
Gerson David Calderon
Maurice McClain Jr
Milcahzayn Bozeman Wallace
Zuriel Bozeman Wallace
Heather, Jordan and a few of the professional runners are on our team too. This year, our friends with Kids of STEEL also join in the fun with the race.
Race Day Start Times for 2015
7:00 pm – One for Fun, Pup Trot, Team Challenge
7:25 – Kids of Steel, Run 1 for Lucas — This is where Summer Dreamers compete.
If you love to swim, love to run, love to exercise. And, if you love to work with kids and play sports yourself.
Or, if you love TECHNOLOGY,
Then your job placement can be with Swim & Water Polo Camp with Pittsburgh Public Schools’ Summer Dreamers.
You can send me an email or call any time: Mark@Bloomfield-Garfield.org
My cell: 412-298-3432. More at CLOH.org.
Seeking young men and women who want to swim every day this summer. We also run and exercise. We compete in the Liberty Mile on Friday evening, July 31. If you can’t swim well, yet, we will work on that and improve this summer. We might be able to get you a lifeguard job by the end of summer (if you are old enough). Or, get you set up so you can be a guard in NEXT summer.
We are also going to play water polo. Both boys and girls too. We meet various times with sessions in mornings, afternoons and evenings. (some flexibility) We gather at PPS Langley, PPS Brashear, Citiparks Sheridan pool, Citiparks Sue Murray on Northside, Citiparks West Penn (Polish Hill), Citiparks Ream (Mt. Washington).
For technology, our efforts with DIGITAL BADGES is going to rock the city. We are getting 7-inch Android tablets to use with our camper kids and community. Our staff makes wiki pages, trades lesson plans with email, and does multi media coverng exercises, swim videos, yoga and more.
Our Tech Literacy fun is going to be HIGH — and we’ll be learning that on the job too.
The best and brightest, those that want to be successful engineers, doctors and writers – and those that want to go far in life – do so with a sports background. Learn about your environment by stretching your limits with athletics. Physiology, biomechanics, psychology and education lessons are woven into everything we do. Understand physics by mastering a dive and underwater streamline. Learn teamwork and cooperation by scoring a goal on a counter attack in water polo.
Get to deal with, on a moment to moment basis, with the two most precious assets of Pittsburgh – without a doubt. We are working with our children. And, we are working on ourselves. Our city kids need your leadership, your spirit, your attitude that dives in and provides safety yet confidence.
Our team is working to change the city for the better. Help us. These recreational and coaching opportunities are going to make drastic improvements long-term, thanks to the work we do in the weeks to come. We are the pathfinders. The pressure is on us. We teach how to play well with others – and prove it all summer.
If you are responsible, with vigor and zest, and know how to raise your voice at the right times to cheer on a mate, sign up. You can build your career with education, health sciences, sports, recreation, life-long fitness and technology with us. Or, become a leading professional in those other fields later, after getting personal strength with us in 2015. Swim & Water Polo has been a proving ground for working the next summer in the White House as an intern in Michelle Obama’s office. Trust me: Our kids go places, and I will help you beyond this summer’s camp.
Hope you want to play hard. Make contributions. Be treated fairly. And inspire the youngsters.
Prime Time, Noon to 4 pm, M-F with Summer Dreamers Swim & Water Polo!
PPS sites for Swim & Water Polo is at Brashear HS & Langley K-8 (plus Faison/Homewood in east). First day of classes is Monday, June 29. Last day is Wednesday, August 5. We supervise about 200 students, grades 2 to 7. We coach the kids from noon to 4 pm, Monday to Friday.
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Open invites, no cost, casual, swim lesson and rookie water polo play:
Fridays, 5 pm to 8 pm, Thelma Lovette YMCA, 2114 Centre Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 (412) 315-0990
(indoors, rain or shine)
Mondays & Wednesdays, 6 to 7:30 pm, Lower Northside’s Citiparks Sue Murray Pool, 301 Cedar Avenue, Pgh. 15212. (412) 323-7914
Morning practices at West Penn (Mondays and Wednesdays), Sheridan (Tuesdays & Thursdays), Homewood (Tuesdays & Fridays).
Check out our 30+ DIGITAL BADGES at CLOH.org.
Thanks for the consideration:
Mark Rauterkus Mark@Rauterkus.com
PPS Summer Dreamers’ Swim and Water Polo Camp Head Coach
Varsity Boys Swim Coach, Pittsburgh Obama Academy
Recent Head Water Polo Coach, Carnegie Mellon University Women’s Club Team
Pittsburgh Combined Water Polo Team
What about a possible worker who is not a strong swimmer?
We do not need strong swimmers. After three days with a good coach, most people can be a good swimmer. Even on the first day of work, anyone with a calm approach and respect for safety can help. Sure, a kid can’t be disruptive and run and push, but a non-swimmer, for example, could help around the pool and in our sessions, by taking photos.
Be okay with getting wet. If not, then help with Mindful Eating as that class doesn’t go swimming.
Be okay with short nails for the summer. Long nails don’t work in water polo with scratches. If you can’t give up the glamor nails, then help with the Mindful Eating class as they are not a problem in yoga.
We need people who are able to read, especially read their email.
How many Learn & Earn workers are going to help with Mindful Eating, the non-swimming workers?
The new BGC class with Summer Dreamers, “Mindful Eating, Yoga & Multimedia,” can be a placement for four individuals. Those are the workers who won’t even go to the pool. We hope for four, but the last three posts get assigned after having the swimming fully covered. The workers with the Mindful Eating class get duties with students in the classroom, garden, walking, running and doing yoga. Non-swimmers are prime candidates for the Mindful Eating, Yoga and Multimedia class.
What about non-athletes?
In general, athletes are going to be a plus, but being athletic is not a necessary requirement to join our cadre.
Of course, some swimmers and lifeguards are on staff already. We have people who can demonstrate a flip turn or a backhand shot.
Lifelong skill opportunity?
Getting a weaker swimmer onto the staff give the opportunity of making a lifelong skill. Becoming a good swimmer, while young, is a valued venture for this summer. It is a noble way to spend the summer and time on the job.
We want some hardship and struggles with some of the kids who might be a weak swimmer on the first days. We will roll out the red carpet for the ‘weaker swimmers.’ Being a strong swimmer isn’t a factor for our expectations and joy.
Getting non-swimmers up to speed soon — is welcomed. Let’s not delay the start and have the days of summer pass without improvements.
Our first practice / interview was Friday, June 12, 5 to 8 pm at the Thelma Lovette YMCA. And, Monday and Wednesday nights from 6 to 7:30 at the Northside’s Sue Murray Swim Pool too. Those are, in part, tryouts for job candidates with me as much as the other way around.
What about more work when this ends?
The youth in the Learn & Earn Job Program could migrate to other jobs as soon as August. Working with the BGC Swim & Water Polo can put them into a great position to be employed with a different job with many additional hours and at a higher rate for next summer.
Some can choose to do year-round activities at their school by being a part of the water polo teams and swim teams. Or, they can be join other sports teams too and benefit from the conditioning and strength we’ll we working on this summer.
Some can move to get year-round jobs at the swim pool with our expanding aquatics programs that could and should continue in a year-round calendar. Plus, some can get hired to be a lifeguard elsewhere.
How many Learn & Earn workers are placed with the BGC Swim & Water Polo?
Thirty is the goal. The 2015 summer expectations are for getting 20 or more Learn & Earn students from NLA and 10 or more from the BGC.
Summer activities are jazzed for plenty of LEARN & EARN participants — even beyond the 30. It is sad to have so few that games are hard to form. Capacity isn’t much of a factor.
Where? What neighborhoods around town host these aquatic events?
Activities are scheduled throughout the city from east to west, from central to south: Homewood, Hill District, Northside, Mt. Washington, South Hills, West End, Polish Hill, are on the schedule now.
Location shouldn’t be a limiting factor, regardless of where you live in the city.
Can work happen out of the sun?
Swim & Water Polo happens in 2015 at three different school sites and some of them swim at indoor pools. If you work at Brashear High School, an indoor pool, it would be possible to be avoid the full day of outdoors activities.
A limited number of spots are available to young men and women who want to swim every day this summer. We also run and exercise. If you can’t swim well, yet, we will work on that and improve this summer. We might be able to get you a lifeguard job by the end of summer (if you are old enough). Or, get you set up so you can be a guard in NEXT summer.
We are also going to play water polo. Both boys and girls too. We hope to get most of you to also join our fall water polo team that is going to be with students from high school and middle school from Obama, Sci-Tech, U-Prep, Westinghouse, and others. That is called Pittsburgh Combined.
The technology efforts with DIGITAL BADGES is going to rock the city. We are getting dozens of 7-inch Android tablets to use with our camper kids. Our staff is going to make wiki pages, be trading lesson plans with email, and doing multi media efforts too with exercises, swim videos, yoga and more. Our Tech Literacy fun is going to be demanding and good for the motivated learner and self directed who can communicate well. We’ll be learning that on the job too.
We can talk more about duties, placements, times, skills and building your career with education, health sciences, sports, recreation, life-long fitness and technology at 9 am on Tuesday morning at the ENEC offices on Penn Ave. Come casual.
5321 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15224 (412) 362-8580
Great water polo session again at the Thelma Lovette YMCA. Some of the kids are turning into regulars and are getting much better at ball control.
Water polo at the Thelma Lovette YMCA is going to continue throughout the summer on Friday nights. All are welcome to attend. Kids under 18 should come with an adult on the first night to be signed into the building. There is no charge for entry to the Y for our water polo program on Friday nights.
The Thelma Lovette Y is indoors. Games happen rain or shine.
That’s the good news.
The bad news is that Ammon Pool, an outdoor 50-meter pool just 5 blocks or so up from the Thelma Lovette YMCA, is going to be closed for the weeks to come. It might open in August. Hope so.
Hill District Pool Closed For Summer After New Filtration System Mistakenly Shipped To Middle East
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Kids in the city’s Hill District neighborhood will have to find another place to go swimming this summer.
Officials with the city announced Friday that Ammon Pool will likely not be open at all this season after a new water filtration system was mistaken shipped to the Middle East instead of Pittsburgh.
The new, custom-built water filtration system was going to replace the 80-year-old tanks that were removed from the pool earlier this spring.
The filtration system cleans the pool water continuously.
However, officials say when the new tanks were shipped last month, already after a lengthy delay, they were put on a container ship that went to the Middle East and is not due to return to the United States till late summer.
Construction is underway on new tanks, but the city says it’s unlikely that production, shipping and installation can occur before Aug. 1.
In the meantime, city officials are urging families to use any of the other four nearby pools – Bloomfield, Sue Murray in the North Side, Ormsby on the South Side and the West Penn pool in Polish Hill.
“The loss of Ammon pool for the 2015 Summer season is saddening, especially given the implementation of Citiparks’ new free swimming program for city kids,” said Department of Parks and Recreation Director Jim Griffin in a press release. “Despite the setback, Ammon will remain an important resource for Hill District residents with our summer camp, baseball academy and meals program Grub Up starting soon.”
City officials say there is still a “small chance” the tanks could be delivered in time for some swimming at the pool, but add that it’s unlikely.
For more information on the swimming pools in the city, visit the CitiParks website here.
Meanwhile, Allegheny County pools are set to open for the season on Saturday. Pools in Boyce Park, North Park, Settlers Cabin and South Park are open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. The county Spray Parks in Deer Lakes and Round Hill also open Saturday. They will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Thanks for the above photo to Owen. He can get in the water next week we hope. Owen is a new staff member for Swim & Water Polo Camp as part of Summer Dreamers. Other staff members are strongly encouraged to come to the pool on Friday nights too.
I’m Adam. I’ve been hired by Coach Mark for Summer Dreamers 2015 as the Digital Badge Champion! This is a new role for Summer Dreamers, and I’ll let you decide whether it means that I’ve been championing digital badges, or that I am the reigning champion of the first ever digital badge battle royale (Hint: it’s the first one). But that doesn’t much matter.
What matters is that digital badges are coming.
This isn’t exclusive to Summer Dreamers Swim & Water Polo. Digital badges of every sort, shape, size, color, and function have been rolled out across the nation in the last few years as part of a gameification process for everything from insurance premiums to education. This means shiny, individual rewards are awarded to commemorate typically uncelebrated actions–actions that someone else wants you to believe are important.
In our program, we have put in a lot of effort to create activities, lessons, and goals that we think are important enough to get excited about. The badges are hopefully the way to share this excited attitude with kids–for them to be more deeply involved in the lifelong efforts, like fitness, literacy, and goal-achievement, that we hope to nurture.
For you guys, this means getting excited about these things too!
I understand that, realistically, it may not be the case that you’re excited for every badge, so at the very least I want you to be familiar with the activities and programs that have badges to award. Mark and I did extensive work creating these and including explanatory write-ups so that you have the information about each badge and activity at your fingertips.
You may find some badges on these resources that are not yet finished or fully thought through. Don’t panic. Maybe even consider looking at what has been thought up so far and contributing ideas or constructive criticism in the associated Talk pages. Poke through all of the digital badges and see if you can wrap your head around them, as well as the different activities that it takes to earn them. If you have any questions, drop a line on the associated Talk page and anyone who knows the answer and visits the talk page will suggest an answer.
During the summer, you will each be an integral part of this process. Not only will you run the activities that finish by the awarding of these badges, but you will be the administers of these badges too. We will hold a training session in the near future going through the basics of this badge-awarding process and the badges that we all will be focusing on for the summer.
It’s an exciting time for programs like this that are part of the wave of digital badges–don’t be afraid to get excited about it too!