Summer Dreamers who want to swim better and who want to have some fun, come out to the pool in the evenings. Bring your friends, family and guardians too.
Extra Evening Practices and the CLOH.org Google Calendar
Five times a week, Coach Mark or staff with Swim & Water Polo, are going to local swim pools for extra practices. All are invited. Let’s master a lifetime skill this summer and let’s play community water polo and SKWIM games all summer and all year. Check out and subsribe to the Google Calendar for dates, times, locations of these sessions. See it at CLOH.org. We want to host an All-City Sports Camp in August 2015.
Pool admission at Citiparks is required. However, all 15-and-under can get a FREE Citiparks Pool Pass by going to any of the Citiparks Rec Centers and signing up. Family pool tags cost $60, on average.
Sessions at the YMCA are no charge. Kids need to be signed into the facility by an adult on their first visit. College players / Masters play water polo on Tuesdays, so watching them is an experience too.
Not much in life is mandatory. You can rise up to the challenge and strive to get a grip on the Digital Badges, or you can ignore them. Some individuals are going to want to learn and grow by wrestling with these challenges and opportunities. Care to engage, show initiative and try hard.
Some of the Digital Badges are going to be easy for you to get. Others are going to be out of reach for you this summer.
All digital badges have criteria. Some are built for skills while others are for knowledge and dispositions. Badges are earned. Take the test, be it physical, mental or of one’s character.
Bits of digital dust need to be scrubbed so that different staff members don’t re-send you the same badges. Wipe that badge off of the to-do list.
Being socially responsible, connected, and friendly includes outreach.
Summer Dreamers starts in about one week, on Monday, June 29, 2015. If your child is in Swim & Water Polo, this is a great time to insure that the swimwear is on hand and in good condition. Do you have a swim suit? Do you need to get another one? We’ll be swimming every day, and even on the first day. So, be prepared.
At the South Side Giant Eagle there are goggles for sale for less than $2. Good bargain. Googles, swim caps, towels, swim suits, shorts and running shoes are all important.
Running in the afternoon in long pants and in flip-flops is frowned upon.
Forgetting a swim suite is really a downer.
In the City, many of the leading athletes do many different sports and play various roles in the community.
Rohan, back left in the photo, played on the Obama Academy boys varsity volleyball team and competed in a final four match for Class AA PIAA semi-finals at Slippery Rock High School on June 2.
The boys varsity squad with Coach Pete Vitti won its WPIAL Section in the spring of 2015. That Section Win in the WPIAL was only the second time in city sports history that a “city league team” won a WPIAL section title. The boys varsity swim team at Obama Academy won the WPIAL section three years ago, also its FIRST YEAR in the WPIAL. So, first the swimmers and then the volleyball team enter the WPIAL and vault to first place in the maiden seasons.
With more year-round opportunities, more conditioning, challenges and overall support for the mass of the diverse kids and a diverse suite of programs to match — things look brighter.
A couple of the guys playing volleyball worked with the Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation at Pittsburgh Public Schools’ Summer Dreamers in Swim & Water Polo Camp. That’s synergy. Get the talent developed and supported. Then have those youngsters lead the wee ones in more fun in the weeks, months and summers to come.
A win today and the team plays for the state championships. Regardless of the outcome today, the city athletes who show up, are devoted to fitness and high-performance programs, and are responsible role-models are winners in everyone’s book. These teens are an inspiration for other, younger super-stars to come.