Michael Phelps, and his line of ‘swimspas’ by MasterSpas, have put together a $5,000 ‘Go After Your Goals’ contest to reward the one swim team “that best embodies Michael’s drive for setting and achieving goals and his passion for the sport of swimming.”
There are 27 finalists and 27 days left in which to vote.
See all videos and vote here.
Each finalist has put together a video about why they feel they are the most deserving recipients. There’s some very familiar clubs on the list (PASA, Nittany Lion, the North Texas Nadadores, SwimAtlanta, and the Clovis Swim Club, for example), but some of the smaller programs have put together some really impressive videos as well. Without the benefit of massive memberships to vote for them, those smaller programs need just as much support from the swimming community.
Three videos have lept into the lead in the voting: Albany Armada Aquatics in Richmond California, Riptide Aquatics in Kansas City, Missouri, and the Cheshire YMCA/Sea Dog Swim Club.
The story of the Cheshire YMCA is particularly emotion-envoking. The club has been stricken with misfortune twice, as the temporary bubble built over their outdoor pool, that allows them to train outdoors in the cld Connecticut winters, has twice deflated, falling on the equipment below and destroying it. (See their video here).
But all 27 finalists are worthy clubs. These are quality programs, not programs that make the news for negative things, and programs that help instill self-confidence and responsibility in thousands of swimmers. Whichever one draws you in and captures your attention is worthy of your vote, because they’re all deserving.