Thanks to Joe Chiarella for the submission!
On Sunday August the 29th Swim4Nick held its 3rd annual free swim clinic at the Coral Springs Aquatic Center. Over the past three years, the clinic as hosted almost 300 swimmers of all ages. This free event is meant to help local swimmers improve their swim strokes as well as bring swimmers from different high school and club swim teams together for a day of fun and remembering Nicholas Dworet. When swimmers arrive at the clinic, they are given a welcome gift. This year the gift was a stainless-steel insulated water bottle was sponsored by Sable Insurance Group and a draw string bag that was donated by Arena Swimming USA.
Volunteer coaches for the swim clinic were Andre Bailey from TS Aquatics, Jason Hite from University of Indianapolis and coaches Randy Horner and Brien Moffitt from Florida International University. With over 80 people registered to swim we made good use of the beautiful Coral Springs pool that always has plenty of room for the Swim4Nick family. Swimmers were coached on all four swim strokes and moved from station to station to get tips from the coaches who truly love what they do.
This year we were lucky to have former and current Olympic swimmers attend the clinic. David Zubero, a Spanish swimmer who won a bronze medal in the 1980 summer Olympics attended the clinic. He is a long time Florida resident and spoke about his love of the sport. He gave all the swimmers a copy of his book, “The Olympiad of Life”.
Also in attendance was Bruno Fratus, the Brazilian swimmer who recently completed in Tokyo and won a bronze medal in the 50 Free. Bruno spoke to the swimmers about his commitment to the sport and how he never gave up on his dream. Bruno is the oldest swimmer in Olympic history to be a first-time medal winner.
After the clinic was compete, the swimmers enjoyed a pizza lunch and stayed for the ever-popular raffle where every swimmer receives a prize.
Having events like this help Nick’s parents, Mitch and Annika and Nick’s brother, Alex heal when they see all the smiling faces at the clinic and hearing stories about Nick from the people who knew him. It’s one way that we give back to the community and the sport that made Nick who he was. We thank everyone who donates to Swim4Nick and all the volunteers who help us be able to put events like this on. The Nicholas Dworet Memorial Fund, Inc. have given away over $18,000 in scholarships and aid to local swimmers so far.
Our next event, which is our big fundraiser for the year, is an ocean swim on Sunday October the 16th at Dr. Von D. Mizell State Park. People can register of our events on our website www.swim4nick.org.