Wellness and Water Warriors – podcast appearance and NCAA Water Polo at Highland Park Pool

I’m the featured guest giving an interview about our approach to ending drowning with SKWIM and water polo.

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We’re hosting a day of NCAA water polo at Citiparks Highland Park Pool on Saturday, September 1, 2018, with games played among Washington & Jefferson College, Penn State, Gannon, Mercyhurst, and Pittsburgh’s Renegades (our masters team).

Water Polo Games at Highland Park Pool on Saturday, September 1, 2018.

Ongoing practices happen at Citiparks Ammon Rec Center Pool in The Hill District every Tuesday and Thursday from 6 to 7:45 pm. Tonight will be a good practice date as Daniel, a guy I coached when he was a college swimmer back in the early 1980s, is in town and playing.

Pittsburgh Mayor Peduto might have retweeted after working at the McDonalds Drive-Thru while supporting youth employment opportunities, “If you wanna get a gun out of a young person’s hand, put a paycheck in it.”

IMHO, It is impossible to swim with a gun in your hand.

Hopefully all the shooting we all encounter for the remainder of the summer is confined to area swim pools and within the context of water polo and SKWIM practices and games.

Water polo players at edge of Ammon Swim Pool
Pittsburgh Renegades Masters Water Polo Squad at a regular practice at Citiparks Ammon pool. Join us every Tuesday and Thursday from 6 to 7:45 pm, weather permitting. (Click photo for enlarged view.)

 

 

In the news, water, community and a summer of patience

Thanks in advance for reading and passing along these good news links — far and wide. Three different chapters of the same engagement story. Video highlights too.

  1. https://thealmanac.net/sports/achilles-changing-water-polo-landscape/article_9f931a72-836e-11e8-bd88-8f5778a0c127.html
  2. https://thealmanac.net/sports/water-polo-drawing-interest-in-the-region/article_0f34c59e-836d-11e8-89ca-cf31dad77ec9.html
  3. https://thealmanac.net/sports/peters-mom-playing-water-polo-again/article_9f172894-836a-11e8-89f9-b338007a087b.html

Our Northside pool is still not open, sadly. Under construction still.

But we’ll be outdoors at 6 pm at Citiparks Ammon tonight, (and every Tuesday and Thursday), weather permitting. Plus, we go to another site to play SKWIM with 3 summer teams as well.

And around the world,

Wonderful that the team and coach are out and in the light of day, but please don’t say, again, that “it is the best possible outcome.” Part of the outcome was the death in service of a gentleman / diver, and that should not be discounted.

Tremendous efforts from a team of super talented individuals from around the world. The entire ordeal is so hard to fathom.

Time to celebrate — and mourn. May peace come to all who return home. May future explorers always posses the wisdom, courage and lessons learned from these past weeks.