Got It, Use It, Swim Event

A shot of the lanes in the pool used for the event.

A shot of the lanes in the pool used for the event.

I took the Oro Valley Veterans Support Initiative table and hung out all morning, on September 26th, 2015, at Got It, Use It, the first Find Your Fins event at the Oro Valley Aquatic Center, and stayed until the very last swimmer swam. A good number of people stopped at our table, talked, asked questions, and took information, and made a connection with our organization. Some were Veterans, and others who were family members of Veterans. It was worth it for OVVSI to have been represented.
There were able bodied folk…very young to much older, and disabled people of all ages and levels of ability, …and Veterans, some, disabled, and others, not visibly so, and LOTS of all ages and gender represented. There were 7 groups of 6 swimming lanes used, and more than one person in some of the lanes…some groups did relays, so there were sometimes three, in relay, for each of the six lanes, in each of the seven 15 minute races.
It was amazing!  Laura, the founder of Find Your Fins, had tons of volunteers there, all in Find Your Fin t-shirts, and all the participants had them, too. She had an entire high school swim team there….both boys and girls, and they helped out in all areas, and ran games for the kids who were not actually swimming at a particular time. It went off like clockwork. They had fabulous music the whole time, and a great announcer who kept things light and fun. I am continually impressed with Laura. She really knows how to pull off an event.
They also served lunch: excellent tamales, and Eegees came and did their thing, throughout.
I wish you could have all been there with me. I had a great time, and so enjoyed seeing Find Your Fins reaching for excellence, and exceeding all expectations.
If they do another event, Oro Valley Veterans Support Initiative will be sure to attend. It was worth the time for OVVSI. Lots of business cards and info handed out, to Veterans, families of servicemen/women, and people who want to volunteer to be useful to our Veteran population.  Here is a link to their website: www.findyourfins.org

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