- 05 August 2016
- by Julia Plant
Tyler Harmon, ZCHS junior and member of the Zionsville Swim Club, received a grant from National Child Awareness Month Youth Service Program in 2015.
NCAM YSA grants offer kids an opportunity to receive $1000 to combat critical issues facing youth and help make a lasting, positive impact in their community. Harmon teamed up with Little Star Center, Lauryn Parrish from Fisher Swim Club and Zionsville Aquatic Center and chose to host three swimming clinics for autistic kids on April 30th, May 14th and May 28th of 2016.
Over ten Zionsville Swim Club athletes volunteered to give a one on one lesson to the 10 autistic kids and focused the swimming lesson on water safety. In addition, they played water games, and had Chick-fil-a & cupcakes for lunch. The grant was used to pay for each autistic kid’ swim gear from Circle City Swimwear prior to the event.
Maria Hodge, mother of one kid in the program, wrote to Lauryn and Tyler:” I wanted to take a minute and thank you for the outstanding job that you, Tyler and all of the high school swimmers involved in the Splish Splash have done. We were very excited to meet all of you and my son had a great time. I really enjoyed watching the kids bond with their high schoolers. Everyone did such a fantastic job! Having the swim gear from Circle City Swim was an added and unexpected bonus that we really appreciate! To top it all off, being treated to the Chick-Fil-A dinner was the icing on the cake! Thank you for all that you are doing for these special little swimmers! This experience is awesome and we sincerely appreciate it!”
Nicole Johnson, another parent, wrote a few weeks after the Clinic that “The Splish Splash Clinic had a great impact on my son and it definitely built his confidence. This past Saturday I took him swimming to a public pool and he was very active and daring. Before he was timid and hung onto to me, but his time he was a different kid. I just want to say thank you very much because I truly believe it helped my child.”
The Indiana High School Athletic Association posted the event pictures at the Champions Together (Facebook) and Champs Together (Twitter).