2019 Kim Klarman Award Recipient

Reston Swim Team Association
Jul 28, 2019

 

Reston Swim Team Association (RSTA) named Lyn Fiscus Cordts as the 2019 Kim Klarman Award recipient due to her unrelenting commitment to RSTA and to the Reston community at large. 

 

This award is presented each summer at the end-of-season RSTA All Star meet, where all eight of the swim teams in the RSTA league are represented. It is given to an individual or individuals who truly make a difference to RSTA and to the community at large with a commitment to long-term service. 

 

The award is named for Kim Klarman. Kim was a manager for the Autumnwood Piranhas, served on the RSTA Board of Directors for twelve years, chaired many of the most important RSTA committees, and was RSTA president from 2008 until her passing in February of 2012 with cancer. For eighteen years, Kim was associated in some way with RSTA. In honor of her devotion to RSTA, the Board of Directors established "The Kim Klarman Award”. In the recipient’s honor, the league will donate $250.00 to a charity of the recipient’s choice. 

 

Lyn’s first experiences with RSTA began in 2007 when her children were young swimmers on the Lake Audubon Barracudas. Like most parents, she found that it was very rewarding to become actively involved with the swim team. She volunteered as the head of spirit wear for many years and still provides support in many volunteer roles. These have included: Timer, Meet Marshal, Stroke & Turn Official, and Starter. However, her favorite volunteer contribution has been to create the end-of-season slideshow presentation. 

 

She became actively involved with the RSTA Board of Directors and served as a member of both the Rules Committee and Publicity Committee. From 2014 until 2016 she served as Vice President and then President of the RSTA Board.

 

During her tenure, she was instrumental in completely overhauling the handbooks, changing them from spiral bound manuals into the books that we have today. She also made sure that RSTA was represented in Reston’s online news sources with photos and meet results.

 

Lyn’s exceptional service to the community is unwavering.  She was a Parent Teacher Association (PTA) Vice President and President at Sunrise Valley Elementary School after serving many years as an active member; she was also Vice President of the PTA at Langston Hughes Middle School. 

 

She has been a teacher for sixteen years. For the last four years she has been a History and Social Studies teacher at South Lakes High School, where she makes strong connections with her students. Her popular Leadership Class is innovative and well known as a stepping stone toward developing creative thinkers and doers. Her class plans and then runs events such as last year’s Homecoming festivities. It was one of the most well-attended Homecomings in recent history. She also works closely with the Student Council, Yearbook, and Newspaper committees. 

 

In 2017, together with the Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA), Lyn and her students were instrumental in contributing to the sustainability of the South Lakes High School Food Pantry. The pantry was designed to help the nearly 30% of students who are eligible for free or reduced-price lunches. The Pantry is also open to South Lakes pyramid students and their families. In 2018, the pantry won the “Best of Reston Award” from Cornerstones and Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce. 

 

When not “officially” in the classroom, Lyn has volunteered to teach young swimmers how to tie-dye just about anything during fun day Mondays each summer. She and her husband, David, are also seen every Saturday taking amazing action photos of RSTA swimmers across all teams. In her free time, she loves to read, make cookies and desserts, and play with her family.

 

Lyn has said that what she loves most about RSTA is that “all the kids from ages 6 to 18, no matter who they are, can all be on one swim team together”.

 

Lyn truly exemplifies the spirit and commitment that we have come to associate with RSTA.