The Harper Woods Swim Program ended their season with a banquet on Monday, July 27. The program, started through a partnership between Detroit PAL and United Way, was created as an initiative to increase graduation rates and encourage students to stay in school. United Way seeks to uplift individuals, families, and communities through education, promoting healthy lifestyles and assisting financially. The Harper Woods Swim Program was created to encourage healthy lifestyles for these kids.
What started off as a club program three years ago, has evolved into a competitive team today. The program is about much more than swimming as it also includes tutoring and mentoring opportunities for the students. “We help them excel in life,” said Detroit PAL Athletic Director Chris Clough. Numerous coaches, volunteers, and parents help ensure that the program runs smoothly and these kids get every opportunity to succeed.
This season, 33 student athletes took part in the Harper Woods Swim Program. Several of these swimmers were able to place at the Detroit Recreation Department’s city meet and two swimmers even went on to complete training to become certified life guards! All of this serves to prove the success of the program at Harper Woods.
The Harper Woods Swim Program is a great opportunity for these kids to stay in shape, stay out of trouble, and learn valuable lessons on hard work and dedication! Congratulations to all of the Harper Woods swimmers on a great season!