"I will train as hard as I can in and out of the water. Even on my hardest days I swear to give it my all, and let nothing stand in my way" -Nicholas Dworet
On October 16th we held the first annual Swim4Nick open water 1 mile race! I was supposed to happen in 2021, but was postponed due to the pandemic. We were so happy to be able to have the event in 2021 and it was a great success! We had over 100 swimmers attend of all ages. It was a perfect day at Dr. Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park. The temperature was great and the sun was shining as Nick would have wanted. Family, friends, teammates, and competitors came from all over to join in this great event. We are planning the 2022 race now so check back for more information. Thank you to everyone who attended to make this event the success it was! Check out the Event Photos page for some great shots from that great day.
On Sunday August the 29th Swim4Nick held its 4th annual free swim clinic at the Coral Springs Aquatic Center. Over the past three years, the clinic as hosted almost 300 swimmers of all ages. This free event is meant to help local swimmers improve their swim strokes as well as bring swimmers from different high school and club swim teams together for a day of fun and remembering Nicholas Dworet. When swimmers arrive at the clinic, they are given a welcome gift. This year the gift was a stainless-steel insulated water bottle was sponsored by Sable Insurance Group and a draw string bag that was donated by Arena Swimming USA. Volunteer coaches for the swim clinic were Andre Bailey from TS Aquatics, Jason Hite from University of Indianapolis and coaches Randy Horner and Brien Moffitt from Florida International University.
With over 80 people registered to swim we made good use of the beautiful Coral Springs pool that always has plenty of room for the Swim4Nick family. Swimmers were coached on all four swim strokes and moved from station to station to get tips from the coaches who truly love what they do.
This year we were lucky to have former and current Olympic swimmers attend the clinic. David Zubero, a Spanish swimmer who won a bronze medal in the 1980 summer Olympics attended the clinic. He is a long time Florida resident and spoke about his love of the sport. He gave all the swimmers a copy of his book, "The Olympiad of Life".
Also in attendance was Bruno Fratus, the Brazilian swimmer who recently completed in Tokyo and won a bronze medal in the 50 Free. Bruno spoke to the swimmers about his commitment to the sport and how he never gave up on his dream. Bruno is the oldest swimmer in Olympic history to be a first-time medal winner.
After the clinic was compete, the swimmers enjoyed a pizza lunch and stayed for the ever-popular raffle where every swimmer receives a prize.
Having events like this help Nick’s parents, Mitch and Annika and Nick’s brother, Alex heal when they see all the smiling faces at the clinic and hearing stories about Nick from the people who knew him. It’s one way that we give back to the community and the sport that made Nick who he was. We thank everyone who donates to Swim4Nick and all the volunteers who help us be able to put events like this on. The Nicholas Dworet Memorial Fund, Inc. have given away over $18,000 in scholarships and aid to local swimmers so far.
We are a certified 501c(3) non profit charity organization focused on helping make the world around us a better, happier place. Our mission is to keep Nick's memory alive by helping kids learn how to be better swimmers! Nick was always helping his friends and teammates be better. He wouldn't have it any other way. We will be hosting swim clinics that will provide FREE instruction to middle and high school aged boys and girls. We also provide financial assistance to needy families that need access to swimming lessons. In addition we plan to provide college scholarships to swimmers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School as well as other organizations! Our mission is just beginning and plan to add additional programs to help the local swim community in the future. As of Sept 2021 The Nicholas Dworet Memorial Fund has given away over $18,000 in scholarships and assistance to local swimmers. Help us by making a donation or purchasing something TODAY!
Are you passionate about what we're doing? Let us know! We are always looking for volunteers to help us make our vision a reality. Our non profit charity will help you find a way to volunteer that best suits you. We can always use volunteer coaches and people to help with running our clinics. We're excited to have you join the #swim4nick team!
Whether you help through monetary donations, volunteering your time, or spreading our mission through word-of-mouth, thank you. We couldn't accomplish our goals without the help of supporters like you.
Video of Ryan Lochte dedicating his 2020 Olympic bid to Nicholas Dworet
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