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Eric Stimson

Originally posted at - https://www.usaswimming.org/news/2020/11/27/moving-the-needle Moving the Needle by Bonnie Moss//Contributor Is there anything bigger in the swimming world than world records breaking during a global pandemic? Yes, actually. Buffalo City Swim Racers (BCSR) executive director, Mike Switalski, steadies his eye on swimming’s bigger picture: saving our youth. “There is so much more to the elements of this sport” he says. “Competition is just the byproduct.” The BCSR program has about 500 swimmers, 90 percent of them Black. The median income in the community is $27,000, and the average household...

BCSR has been in the process of expanding the program to a third pool to bring our services to more children throughout the city while increasing our capacity to train swimmers at a competitive level. With the expansion to the D'Youville Pool, we now have the pool space and set up to condition our more advanced swimmers while taking on minimal additional costs. We now have the ability to offer practices 5 days per week to our more advanced levels while opening additional learn-to-swim options for our families. Once you...

We are excited to announce the Buffalo City Swim Racers has just joined USA Swimming Foundation’s water safety initiative, Make a Splash. The USA Swimming Foundation launched Make a Splash in 2007 with the goal to teach every child to learn to swim. In order to accomplish this, we hope to spread awareness of the importance to learn to swim and be safe around water to every community in the country. A network of learn-to-swim providers has been created through the Local Partner Program to help spread this awareness message...

ONE ON ONE WITH MIKE SWITALSKI PART 2 9/4/2013 Originally posted at: http://www.usaswimming.org/ViewNewsArticle.aspx?TabId=1558&itemid=5521&mid=5791 The Buffalo City Swim Racers (BCSR) is a unique club that serves the city of Buffalo by providing free swim lessons for families. Head coach Mike Switalski, a former Division III All-American swimmer from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, talks about mistakes some coaches make when reaching out to different communities that they are not familiar with, why communities come together after a tragedy, and what swimming will look like in the future. Why does it take a...

One on One with BCSR Head Coach Mike Switaski Originally posted on USA Swimming at: http://www.usaswimming.org/ViewNewsArticle.aspx?TabId=1653&itemid=5486&mid=12342 The Buffalo City Swim Racers (BCSR) is a unique club that serves the city of Buffalo by providing free swim lessons for families. Head coach Mike Switaski, a former Division III All-America swimmer from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, talks about why he founded BCSR and why his club is so unique. How long have you been involved in swimming? Talk about your background in swimming. I have been involved in swimming for 29 years...

Erie County Legislator Timothy R. Hogues (D-Buffalo) congratulates Yasmeane Greene, a student at the King City Charter School, who is one of the participants in the Buffalo City Swim Racers/Watts Education Program at the William Emslie YMCA. Along with several swimmers behind Legislator Hogues and Ms. Greene, wearing a whistle, is Buffalo City Swim Racers Executive Director Michael Switalski. Original news item can be found here

The Buffalo City Swim Racers have been recognized in the USA Swimming In The News section of the Diversity and Inclusion page. Here is the link to the USA Swimming Section for Diversity and Inclusion: http://www.usaswimming.org/DesktopDefault.aspx?TabId=1653&Alias=Rainbow&Lang=en