Stay tuned for a fresh new look in 2021, if the pools open.
Chime in to Mark@Rauterkus.com for more fun for 2019.
Also see, 4Rs.org, for other events around Pittsburgh at the swim pools.
Details on the grant at SKWIM.us.
Grant for up to $7,500 for PLAY
Aquatic Jamborees happen in 2-hour periods at community swim pools. Local events funnel to HQ pools with weekly festivals hosted at pools: Northside at The Pgh Project, Hill Districts Citiparks Ammon.
Engagement with SKWIM includes: introduction with casual game-play among drop-in individuals and invited community groups (church, scouts, nonprofit, professional, neighborhood, school, teams). Mix audiences, ages 10-and-older to adults, participate in a new, non-contact sport. Playing well with others happens in a setting that stresses teamwork, sportsmanship and integrity with pick-up/playground style squads. The ad-hoc teams form with a coordinator. These highly-social games occur in a lagoon area within the pool. SKWIM is sorta like water polo, but far easier to do and understand. First-time participants are proficient and make team contributions. SKWIM is played with a soft, foam, disk that easily skims along the water’s surface. Players pass and shot the disk into goals (like hockey, soccer, lacrosse and basketball) but teamwork matters, sorta like Ultimate Frisbee. Optional fins and life vests are provided.
SKWIM, a favorite among kids at camps, resonates with adults and guardians.
A pilot program in August 2018 operated with Citiparks blessing. See https://Ammon.4rs.org. With grant support, expansion to 15 city public pools can give kids and adults meaningful team and group activities for increased interactions and wellness.
Great article and interviews in the main-stream media about Pittsburgh’s Hill District super-star, Charles Bonner, Citiparks Ammon’s Head Lifeguard.
Be sure to read and listen to the coverage.
SKWIM goals in shallow water
Kids at Citiparks Ammon got to play SKWIM in the shallow water. Here is some of that action.
Love how the basketballs are floating in the water and are idle.
A yellow fin and other pair of fins come off the kids and float too. The fins are a bit of a pain in the shallow water as the fins make it much harder to walk. For swimming, especially in deeper water, the fins are welcomed.
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Garfield Gators got into SKWIM at Ammon
Thanks for bringing the kids to the swim pool this summer. Some of the game to be posted soon.
Photos from the last day at Ammon with the Garfield Gators! Click image for larger view.
If your group, camp, sports team or school would like to play against the Garfield Gators, the Ozanam squad, or even the Ammon Team, leave a message below in the comments area. We’ll try to get a game with your squad in the hours and days and weeks to come.
The Garfield Gators are a football team with cheerleaders. They played their first games of the fall 2018 season in Ohio on Saturday, August 4, 2018.
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Bonus Calendar, the CLOH.org Google Calendar
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Showing up is more than half the struggle.
Share your insights on how to get the word out about these events as we want to engage more people at the pool in August.
Head Lifeguard, Charles, a Pittsburgh gem we can follow.
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Invite letter for group leaders
Feel free to copy, cut, and paste and edit this as an email to send to your potential team.
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We want you to be a part of our squad at a fun, pop-up-styled, aquatic event that features some water-safety insights as well as a new team-based game called SKWIM.
Plus, this gives us a chance to support:
- inter-generational play,
- Citiparks pools,
- local lifeguard aspirations,
- personal fitness,
- the life-saving sport of swimming,
- city-living and Hill District Neighborhood vibrancy,
- community engagement,
- a mentoring mission,
- the continuation of new, summer experiences in August,
- and, of course,
- clean, water-smart, concussion-free, RECREATION.
We’re trying to gather everyone together by 3:30 pm at the Citiparks Ammon Outdoor Swim Pool. Try to arrive on time as the session begins with a 30-minute clinic. Then our team will play two 30-minute games with up to 20 people per team. Subs are wonderful! Ends within 2-hours. Optional extra swimming after.
Ammon is an outdoor pool, so events occur weather permitting. If it storms, the pool will be closed.
Citiparks Ammon is at the corner of Bedford Ave and Memory Lane, Pittsburgh’s Hill District, 15219. Info & map.
Use the next link to sign-up so that the hosts have permission to use photos, and just in case:
Then sign in for the squad and to see who else is opting in.
INSERT URL HERE for players to commit to the DATE:
On behalf of the organizers, Charlie (head lifeguard at the pool) and Coach Mark, THANKS for the consideration.
More insights on the event: Ammon.4rs.org .
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