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With the Freeze came great news for summer = a grant for Aquatic Jamborees, playing well with others

As the coldest days arrived, so too came great news of a grant of more than $7K. 

This award will support our efforts of "playing well with others" at community swim pools. SKWIM USA, a nonprofit that helps to promote swimming, fitness, sportsmanship and game-play get the funding to obtain equipment and host Aquatic Jamboree events this summer in Pittsburgh.

With the spending of other people's money come a big splash of responsibility. So, I'm interested in connecting now to prepare to engage with you, your families, your friends neighbors, organizations and even business contacts.

All ages and all swim abilities are welcome as we play SKWIM at Aquatic Jamborees, but we need to rally more political will to participate and venture out of our comfort zones -- for the sake of fun and fitness.

Can we get your team down to the Northside or Hill District to compete? Or, can we bring our game and perhaps a squad to your summer pool?

Chime in via Mark@SKWIMusa.org

Other community news, Catherine is taking the stage to tell a story this Saturday at the UU Church of the South Hills, Sunnyhill.org.

http://www.sunnyhill.org/events/coa-coffee-house-2/

The coffee-house proceeds benefit their youth-group trip.

A video of Catherine's story telling from The Moth surfaced. 

Her performance from New Hampshire graced a stage that once featured Mark Twain. (Watch, 12-minutes.)

Stretching to Baltimore this Sunday night, Catherine and Grant both get to share the podium with a former Olympian and WNBA (basketball) star, Tamika Catchings, as they present about HEARING in SPORTS. 

If you are in that vicinity, or a coach any sport and want to better engage with those with hearing issues, check out the ebook, Time Out! I Didn't Hear You.

More at https://Time.CLOH.org


Hope to see or hear from you soon.

Made the cover of the NISCA Journal with last year’s Obama Varsity Team

412-public-news email blast made mention of the cover

​Generally, I'm not confused as a magazine cover model, but last week was an exception

Hi All,

I got a nice surprise as I was bringing in the mail. Our team photo was on the cover of magazine. Our varsity swim team photo from last season is on the cover of the NISCA Journal -- the magazine of the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association.

Fun. Handsome team too, IMHO.

Friends of sports, especially in Baltimore, there is a special event slated for 6:30 pm on Sunday, Feb 10, 2019, called SILENT SPORT with a former Olympian and WNBA super-star, Tamika Catchings, and her inspiring story of overcoming communication issues. See the top post at my site, https://CLOH.org for details. My wife, Catherine, and Grant are also sharing the podium too, to feature the gratis ebook, Time Out! I Didn't Hear You, that offers technical insights to help coaches, guardians and advocates get kids with hearing issues into sports programs. More and the download links at https://Time.CLOH.org.

Our masters water polo squad in Pittsburgh is hosting women water polo players from Salem, WV, on Tuesday night, 7:30 to 9 pm at Chartiers Valley HS.

Stay warm and safe in the weeks to come.

Cast of The Moth on stage after the show

Final bow.

On stage with cast of storytellers

Post show bow at Pittsburgh’s The Moth Grand Slam in October 2018.

Wonderful show. Catherine told a great story that centered around a 16 month relationship with a plant, not a ten-year struggle over cancer.

Lots of physical mojo in the stories including a guy who aims to dunk, then the trip to NYC with a back-seat pee, a bully-beating in high school, a patient patient, an ants in his pants teacher, and more.

Catherine’s three-time reign as Pittsburgh’s Grand Slam Champion has come to a close.

Bio in the program

Catheine Palmer is a professor and audiologist. Her stories focus on the funny reality of parenting whether your kids are babies or taxpayers. This often misguided parenting has produced tow resilient young men who continue to make new stories. Listen to four of her stories on the website.

Cast

David Montgomery (host), Joel Brady, Stephan Cooper, Bob Creo, Davit Davitian, Kimberly Giles, Catherine Palmer, Mariah Passarelli, Lora Rigatti, Nate Sandstrom, Denise Scheuermann. David Bennett (musican), Michelle Jalowski (director), Kelly Flanagan Dee (Story-SLAM producer).

program text of bios

Program text

Audience at August Wilson Center's auditorium with cell phone lights on.

Host’s photo.

Bye week. Moon shot. Grand Slam weekend.

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Hi All,

The Steelers have a bye week, and we’re saying bye to the warm weather in Western PA, but let’s not be strangers.

It is time to show up for some winter training and I’m calling to you — and not just #26, Le’Vion Bell.

Our first visit to Moon to happens from 2 to 4 pm on SUNDAY, at the new, indoor, MOON high school pool for some community SKWIM.

First visit is GRATIS. Open swim starts at noon. We start our game-play at 2 pm. I’ll bring the disks and you just bring the “plays well with others, can-do attitudes.” They even have plenty of fins at the pool.

See my new, mini, web course on SKWIM rules: https://skwim.us/courses/skwim-rules/

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We’re going to go back to Moon a number of Sunday afternoons throughout the the remainder of the year, and we need a good turnout. We’ve been doing well, but have plenty of additional space on our Friday night sessions at Mt. Lebanon High School. Tuesdays we can swim and play both SKWIM and Water Polo at Chartiers Valley High School too.

We want you to stay active this winter — at the swim pool — in our programs. Say BYE to inactivity this winter.

Our events are being promoted on the MeetUp group, Free & Almost Free in Pittsburgh. You can RSVP there: https://www.meetup.com/pittsburgh-free/events/254996510/

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Another competition happen in Pittsburgh on Friday night at the August Wilson Center in Downtown when my wife takes the stage to tell another story in The Moth’s Grand Slam event. Catherine is 2-time (or is it 3) defending champion for Pittsburgh. Ten people, all winners of the monthly shows in the past year, get an invite to tell a new story.

https://themoth.org/events/results?eventLocations=6470&typesOfEvents=&eventDate=201810

If you are going, let me know and we can include you in the tailgate.

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For the local buzz on other moon news, see:
https://www.heinzhistorycenter.org/events/first-man


Ta.

Mark Rauterkus
412 298 3432 = cell

Gather sign.

MeetUp in Moon. Click to see the MeetUp event.

Another big week with Catherine

Catherine attended her first board meeting in her new role as president elect at her professional organization, Triple A, the American Academy of Audiology. The board gathered in the DC area for three days.

Next weekend, without travel, rare in these seasons, comes with a Friday night performance at The Moth’s Grand Slam event in Pittsburgh at the August Wilson Center.

On Saturday, the new graduate students in Audiology at University of Pittsburgh get to celebrate at their White Coat Ceremony.

 

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