skip navigation

SwimGiving: 'Tis the Season to Celebrate

By Donna Hale, SwimSwam, 11/26/18, 12:00PM CST


Very few swimmers would pursue swimming with grit and determination without their parents. Parents provide carpools, towels, fresh goggles, food and more food and countless volunteer hours.

As the holiday season begins, this is a great time to reflect on the blessings of swimming. We have the best coaches, athletes and parents of any sport I have been connected with – and that list is long.

So as we stop and thank everyone, here are the traits we admire in each of the sport’s important players. These kinds of leaders, are the heart of SwimGiving.


Coaches are the spirit and soul of swimming. Here’s what the best of the best bless us with every day. They create team bonding and a powerful culture that brings out the best in each swimmer and in the entire team.