A Sense of Community

Today, as part of the ‘Celebrate Community Blog Hop’ hosted by Pavarti at Fighting Monkey Press, I’d like to share with you a very special community I become involved with over the summer.

This is a picture of my oldest son, preparing to dive in for the 11-12 year old 50 meter freestyle race. Swim team participation runs rampant during the summer, at least here in Northern Virginia. See all those people in white shirts holding timers? They are just a small part of what it takes to run a swim meet, and the swim team as a whole. 42 volunteers people. 42!!!  This is how many is required to help run the meet.

Data entry, relay takeoff judge, stroke and turn judges, marshals, table workers, runners, timers, announcers…take a deep breath…chief judge, head timer, assistant head time, swim team representatives, coaches, clerk of course, snack bar workers and scorers. I’m sure I’m leaving a few out here. Anyway, you get the picture – it takes a lot of people to make swim season happen for our kids.

But the point is, it happens. It happens in thousands of neighborhood communities. Summer after summer, we pull together through early morning practices, weekend meets, late Monday nights, fundraisers…take a deep breath…ice cream socials, potluck dinners, spirit nights…wow – hopefully I’m not convincing every parent right now to stay away from the swim teams. Because to tell you the truth, pictures like the one above make it all worthwhile.

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