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April 2013

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work to inspire The Legacy of Shelley Glover How a sports-lover's memory is making waves in the community By Amy Carlson Their competitors are also helping to increase opportunities to enjoy summer swimming. Kids Swimming for Kids has raised more than $60,000 for swim lessons, pool passes and team scholarships at the Goodman Pool. Each summer more than 500 young swimmers from swim teams citywide swim laps to raise money for others. "This event has become a tradition within the Madison swim community and truly resonates with the young participants who want to make sure all children can experience the joys of summer swimming as well as the health and safety benefits it brings," says Carmella. "We are grateful to the many volunteers, sponsors, and community partners who have helped make Shelley's dream a reality." ••• Amy Carlson is the weekend weather anchor at NBC 15 in Madison. She can be reached at acarlson@nbc15.com. Nonprofit Profile: Shelley Glover Foundation What it is: The Shelley Glover Foundation promotes athletic activities and competition for youth of all ages and abilities with a focus on Shelley's favorite sports: skiing, swimming and soccer. 36 BRAVA Magazine What they do: The foundation aims to increase access to athletics and competition, improve safety, prevent sports-related injuries and help children become stronger mentally and physically. April 2013 Upcoming events: The foundation's Kids Swimming for Kids events, held every summer, raises funds to support financial aid for pool memberships and swim lessons for children in need at Goodman Pool. How to help: You can make a splash, too. Donate online or sponsor a swimmer participating in Kids Swimming for Kids this summer. For more information: Visit shelleygloverfoundation.com. Photo courtesy of the Shelley Glover Foundation Even as a child Shelley Glover was aware of the disparity in access to sports among her peers. She came home from Lincoln Elementary School, telling her mother that she wished all kids could have as much fun as she did playing sports. She loved summer swimming with the Shorewood Hills Pool Sharks and playing soccer with their local team. Eventually her love of ski racing led her to become one of the top alpine ski racers from the Midwest and she was even named to the U.S. Ski Development Team at age 15. But tragically, she died at 17 in a ski training accident. After her death in 2004, her parents, Carmella and Rich, and sister, Bonnie, wanted Shelley's love of sports to live on. In that spirit, the family formed the Shelley Glover Foundation, which raises and distributes funds to make sure more kids can swim, play soccer and ski—the three things Shelley loved the most. Their work has certainly made a splash in the swim community, and its impact is felt on the soccer fields and ski slopes as well. The Goodman Waves Swim Team was established two years ago at the Goodman Pool in Madison, and joined the All City Swim League. The Shelley Glover Foundation helped fund the team in partnership with the Irwin A. and Robert D. Goodman Foundation and Madison Parks. Beginning to advanced swimmers from ages 6 to 18 can participate as long as they can swim one length of the pool. Technique is developed through coaching and practice five days a week. The swimmers develop friendships, self-esteem and physical fitness through competition. In addition to swimming for the team, they also swim against themselves, with every race becoming a chance to break a personal record. Last summer, the team had 105 members, 32 of whom received scholarships.

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