Swimming Program Conducts Free Clinic For Veterans

Members of the Army swim team instructing veterans.

Members of the Army swim team instructing veterans.

April 9, 2013

WEST POINT, N.Y. - The Army swimming program hosted a free clinic for veterans at Crandall Pool this past Saturday. The clinic, which was open to all veterans who wanted to improve their swimming abilities, was conducted by members of the Black Knights swim team.

The clinic was also open to spouses of veterans since deployments are also very hard on them. A soldier's family is just as important as the soldier.

Each clinic attendee was paired with an Army swimmer, and the first swim session ran from approximately 9:15 until 11 a.m. After taking an hour break for lunch at the West Point Club, the group returned to Crandall Pool for 35 minutes of dry-land training. Everyone then got back into the pool for the second swim session, which ran from 2-3 p.m.

Army partnered with Team Red, White and Blue for Saturday's clinic. Team RWB is a veteran's advocacy group trying to assimilate veterans back into society. The Black Knights' coaching staff wanted to create a service event for the swimmers to get them more interested in their future as Army officers.

"It was an honor to have the opportunity to give back to those who have given so much to our country and our Academy," said Army head coach Mickey Wender. "Our involvement with Team RWB in the past has been incredibly rewarding, and we look forward to building on the relationship we have established. Our athletes were so excited to impart their love for the water and teach valuable skills that could maybe even one day save a life. Our interactions with these service men and women, most of whom recently returned from deployments, were both inspiring and motivating."

Team RWB is transforming the way that America supports its veterans when they return from combat. They are creating communities of veterans, their families and American citizens that enjoy authentic interaction through physical and social activities and events all across the country.

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