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To the Editor:

I want to thank Jennie Miller and the Grosse Pointe News for writing such a well-written article, "Gators dive into area pools" (Grosse Pointe News, Sept. 23), concerning the Grosse Pointe Gators Swim Club.

The response the Gators have received from the community has been tremendously positive, and supportive for providing new competitive swimming programs to the Grosse Pointes.

There were only two inaccuracies in the article that I would like to address. The Gators are not just a winter program, but also a year-round competitive program. We also provide competitive swimming to any swimmer 18 and under, not just 8- to 14-year-old swimmers.

It is the belief of the club that all children should have access to competitive swimming opportunities that reflect their level of interest and ability, while developing strong friendships and having fun. The club strives for swimmers to reach their full potential not only by teaching the skills specific to competitive swimming, but also through reinforcing strong values that apply to all facets of life. Through our relationship with the Grosse Pointe Public Schools District, we hope to realize these beliefs with all our swimmers.

Also this past weekend, four of our board members (Megan Pendy, Michael Powell, Molly Brooks and myself) were part of the very first group in Michigan to complete the USA Swimming Club Leadership and Business Management School. This daylong workshop was recently developed to assist clubs in the day-to-day operation of their club, as well as all legal, ethical and managerial issues required in running a competitive swimming program. The workshop was conducted by Randy Julian, Central Zone, USA Swimming Sport Development Consultant and sponsored by Michigan Swimming. 

The club would like to thank all our swimmers, families and the community for their support and enthusiasm as the Gators continue to grow.

If you are interested in swimming for the Gators or would like to find out more information, please visit our Web site grossepointegators.com.

Jerry Kaminski

Interim President,

Grosse Pointe Gators Swim Club

Jerry Kaminski
Grosse Pointe Gators Swim Club
September 29, 2004

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