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Nate Tschohl’s ties in Virginia swimming run deep. He swam at Old Dominion University from 2002-2006, went on to become the senior head coach at the Tidewater Aquatic Club in Hampton Roads, and returned to Old Dominion as an assistant coach from 2006-2011. Now, Nate is the entrepreneur behind the Swimnerd company. You can learn more about their projects at www.swimpractice.com and http://
I went to Kecoughtan High School in Hampton last night to attend the discussion of building a $30M+ aquatics facility. No, I’m not from Hampton. I’m from Virginia Beach.
And, to be fair, I have limited knowledge on the city’s economic situation other than what I learned yesterday.
But, here is what I do know…
Studies show that learning to swim at an early age provides kids with a massive head start in life. On average, children that learn to swim are 10 months ahead cognitively than their non-swimming cohorts as well as 15 months ahead socially and emotionally.
Nearly 50% of Hampton’s population is black.
70% of black children in America don’t know how to swim. 60% of Hispanic children don’t know how to swim. 40% of white children don’t know how to swim.
The average family income in Hampton is $46,110. The average income of a USA Swimming family, the families you will be inviting into your economy, is $125,000.
Most of Hampton is surrounded by the Chesapeake Bay, the largest estuary in America.
If you don’t know how to swim, would you be keen on learning more about marine biology? Oystering? Ship building? Boating? Eco-tourism? Fishing? Climate change?
If you were to join the Coast Guard or the Navy, would you need to know how to swim?
Christopher Newport knew how to swim.
And all he did was establish the first settlement in the New World, negotiate a peace deal with Chief Powhatan, and provide the colonists with supplies by sailing across the Atlantic 4 different times.
Want to provide the youth of Hampton with a head start? Want to create and develop leaders?
Then teach them to swim. All of them.