Jennie's Journey

Dedication and commitment required

I have to hand it to the coaches and parents of the Rotary summer swim teams. The people with whom I have come in contact with through the program offered to our youth show such dedication and commitment.

There are people in the community who say there is nothing for youth to do.

Those people are wrong!

Our youth can participate in programs such as the Rotary swim teams, and so much can be gained through the program.

The coaches devote their mornings to teaching and preparing the youth for swim meets. They instill a sense of self-esteem and encourage fun.

Swimming can be competitive. But, the children gain more than a competitive spirit because of the emphasis on enjoying themselves...improving themselves.

Swim team practices begin at 6 a.m. Monday through Friday for Sunnyside swimmers and 8 a.m. for the Grandview team.

The coaches are there, ready to empower the youngsters with skills that will benefit them both mentally and physically.

The parents are dutiful in ensuring their children are there each day.

Swim meets also require dedication. First of all, the parents and coaches ensure the kids make it to the meets. Some meets are more than an hour's drive and in spite of the fact that they are on weeknights, the kids are there.

Secondly, the parents are asked to time the events and judge the strokes. They step up and give of their time, earning front row seats to all the action and enduring the fact that they may get wet.

Swim meets can well into the evening. Yet, the parents, knowing many have to work the next day, dutifully support the youth involved in the swim team.

So many activities such as this are available for our youngsters, and community support of these programs is vital.

I think the parents and coaches of the teams deserve to be recognized for all their efforts in providing such an invaluable activity for the youth.


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