March 27, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy water polo program got in the pool with a dual purpose this past weekend as the Mids competed in a pair of spring games, as well as hosted the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization.
On Sunday, the Midshipmen water polo players and coaches invited the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization to Scott Natatorium for a water safety and water-fun lesson with a focus on water polo.
"It was incredibly fun demonstrating the excitement of water polo to the kids and seeing their resulting enthusiasm," said Tyler Barker. "I hope our team can continue with other community service projects in order to give back while bonding."
Barker was one of nine Mids who aided the presentation. Student-athletes in attendance included, seniors Sean McDonald, Taylor Setness, Scotty Snowden and Tommy Schofer, juniors Vikram Kanth, P.J. Taylor, Thomas Patterson and Barker, and sophomore Richard Thomas.
"Water safety is an important aspect while swimming in any large body of water," said Patterson. "I, along with my teammates are honored that we were able to help the children learn safety procedures, as well as introduce them to water polo. The Navy Water Polo team looks forward to continue partaking in community service projects."
Local Park and Rec directors also attended and handed out flyers on local (no-cost) water safety programs for all of the youths in attendance.
About Big Brothers Big Sisters
For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As the nation's largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers ("Bigs") and children ("Littles"), ages 6 through 18, in communities across the country. The positive relationships that are developed have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people.