If there’s one thing swimmers know well, it’s the power of water. So when Hurricane Harvey dumped an unprecedented amount of water on Texas, only to be followed by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, Club Wolverine swimmers and their families were ready to lend a hand.
Over the past two weeks, the team collected donations of toiletries, gently used clothing, and cleaning supplies at its locations in Brighton and Ann Arbor, which were then taken to Lansing to be combined with those from swim teams across the state and delivered to those in need.
Head Coach Gunnar Schmidt said he was proud of the way the team responded to the call for help.
“Our goal is to help our swimmers become leaders in and out of the water,” Schmidt said. “This was a great opportunity for our team to show their gratitude for their own lives and help those in need,” he said.
During Hurricane Irma, Club Wolverine also hosted some swimmers from south Florida who were able to continue training with the club.
According to a calculation by the swimming website, SwimSwam.com, the 9 trillion gallons of rain that fell across Texas as a result of Hurricane Harvey was enough to fill more than 15 million Olympic-sized swimming pools, a number which clearly resonated with swimmers here in Michigan.
Club Wolverine is routinely ranked the No. 1 swim club in Michigan and one of the top clubs in the country. The team will be hosting a meet at Brighton High School Oct. 21-22.