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Public Affairs : Army team gives back

Army Swim and Dive team offers free clinic to vets 
Story and photos by 2nd Lt. Brendan Hickey
ODIA Athletic Intern

WEST POINT, N.Y. (April 8, 2013) — The Army Black Knights Swim and Dive team took to the pool for a very special post-season event on April 6.

They were honored to be joined by members of Team Red, White & Blue looking to advance some of their own swimming skills. Members of Team RWB were eager to get their feet wet with training to meet what they needed the most. Whether it is was someone who has only swam a handful of times in their life or someone who is looking to really hone in their stroke to become even better at triathlons everyone increased their swimming ability.

Many Team RWB members felt it was a day well spent with some extremely valuable lessons and skill improvements.

“My instructor, Matt (Kane), was great and really took the time to instruct me in every angle of my swimming technique,” Garrett Stacy, a veteran from Newburgh, N.Y., said. “I was able to walk away more confident in my swim as I prep for a triathlon. This type of instruction you can’t buy anywhere. I look forward to participating in more events with RWB in the future.”

Tom Lee, a wounded veteran from New Jersey, also had a great day with the cadets.

“Lots of tools and tips to work on to improve my swim and I met some great future leaders as well. Thanks to Team RWB for putting that together.”

Maj. Jeff Higgins emerged confident after the clinic.

“They fixed me,” the commandant’s executive officer said. “I can now participate in lap swim comfortably.”

The cadets also found the day to be just as beneficial and full of learning on their end of the pool, too. One of the highlights was their opportunity to enjoy a luncheon and some bonding with members of Team RWB. Cadets were fortunate enough to not only coach in the pool, but also to gain some life and military lessons out of the water. Team Red, White & Blue also felt the experience was just as valuable as the time spent in the pool. Maj. Ashok Deb, an instructor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences, thought it was great to have the cadets take the reins.

“In the classroom I am in control because I am the resident expert of the material, but in the pool these cadets know more about swimming than I do.”
The Army Black Knights Swim and Dive team returned to Crandall Pool April 6 to offer a post-season clinic to veterans.

Both cadets and participants found the instruction and fellowship rewarding as the Army Black Knights Swim and Dive team hosted a clinic April 6 for veterans at Crandall Pool.