Swimming Against the Odds
Harris County Aquatic Program
AUTHOR: Robins, Thurman W.
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The book is a historical prospective of the first 10 years of the Harris County Aquatic Program.Â The text focuses on the origin, organizational structure, and program highlights.Â It is written in such a way that it may serve as a how to guide for other similar, developing youth sports organizations.
The book also provides compelling evidence about the ability of Black swimmers to compete at elite levels of competition.Â Many myths about their swimming capabilities are dispelled.Â The book begins by describing the authors introduction to competitive swimming and the opportunities opened to him during his childhood and early teens and end with recent accomplishments of HCAP participants.
Highlights of the program's accomplishments begin with a description of the team's performance in the "Pepsi Games of Texas."Â It is a stroke-by-stroke replay of four swimmers representing
The book ends by describing major accomplishments of former participants, and the programs' quest to continue providing opportunities to inner city minority youth.
PUBLICATION DATE: 1/7/2004
CATEGORY: Sports & Recreation