February 19, 2018
The 2017-18 SCY season is a notable year for the Peoria Area Water Wizards (PAWW). It is reminiscent of the 1989 movie, Field of Dreams where Ray (Kevin Costner) hears a mysterious voice saying, “If you build it, he will come.” In the movie, ghosts of great players come out of the cornfields in Iowa.
Illinois like Iowa is known for cornfields, but we are also known for great players. Jim Thome was recently voted into the baseball Hall of Fame. Thome said. “I’m proud that I grew up where I did. Peoria is a special place...Every Midwest kid can dream of a day like this and I’m living it today.”
An athletes “Dream” doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.
PAWW believes in the Dream “if we build it, he will come.” We expanded our coaching staff to 14, added a second site in Pekin, and grew our membership by 35%. We had players come out of the “cornfields” and we are making them into great swimmers!
WE ARE THE PEORIA AREA WATER WIZARDS.....Our baseball inspired Championship shirt recognizes 53 swimmers who achieved the “Dream” of becoming a Champion.
2017-18 SCY PAWW CHAMPIONSHIP ROSTER:
Jackie Rae Kelch