Keeping Your Head Above Water…Literally

We live in a hyper-busy, uber-urgent world constantly swimming faster and faster from task to task to task. It can be hard to keep your head above water, yet we do. But what if you couldn’t, literally? Many adults and children report that they can’t swim. Research has shown that participation in formal swimming lessons can reduce the risk of downing among children, which is a surprisingly high statistic. So with a shared love of swimming, two members of the Umbrellas team took time out of their crazy lives to participate in the Oz Relay. It was 24 hours of non-stop swimming filling five lanes at the YWCA Evanston/Northshore pool in memory of coach Oswald Roper and his life-long commitment to teaching kids how to swim. The goal was to raise at least $109 for each 30 minute leg swam. Each $109 donation will support one full scholarship (7 lessons) for a child from our community to receive life-changing, potentially life-saving swim instruction. 160 swimmers participated usually for 30 to 60 minutes each (including Michele and Rachael from Umbrellas) and as a group swam 16,259 lengths or roughly 230 miles. Congratulations to Rachael for swimming an inhuman number of laps in an hour and congratulations to Michele for not having to have Rachael tow her across the finish line! For both our clients and our communities, doing great work is so important to each and every one of us at Umbrellas.