Grant application to Unplay

By admin | Grant

Dec 06

Big Playful Idea or Event: Aquatic Jamborees

What are you going to do or make? Who is the audience? How will this idea or event help your community? How will you incorporate some of the playful learning presented at Play for Change?:

Aquatic Jamborees happen in 2-hour periods at community swim pools. Local events funnel to HQ pools with weekly festivals hosted at pools: Northside at The Pgh Project, Hill Districts Citiparks Ammon.

Engagement with SKWIM includes: introduction with casual game-play among drop-in individuals and invited community groups (church, scouts, nonprofit, professional, neighborhood, school, teams). Mix audiences, ages 10-and-older to adults, participate in a new, non-contact sport. Playing well with others happens in a setting that stresses teamwork, sportsmanship and integrity with pick-up/playground style squads. The ad-hoc teams form with a coordinator. These highly-social games occur in a lagoon area within the pool. SKWIM is similar to water polo, but far easier to do and understand. First-time participants are proficient and make team contributions. SKWIM is played with a soft, foam, disk that easily skims along the water's surface. Players pass and shot the disk into goals (like hockey, soccer, lacrosse and basketball) but teamwork matters, as in Ultimate Frisbee. Optional fins and life vests are provided.

SKWIM, a favorite among kids at camps, resonates with adults and guardians.

A pilot program in August 2018 operated with Citiparks blessing. See https://Ammon.4rs.org. With grant support, expansion to 15 city public pools can give kids and adults meaningful team and group activities for increased interactions and wellness.

Who are the people or organizations collaborating with you on this Big Idea or Event?:
The Pittsburgh Project, Citiparks Aquatics, Renegades water polo, local swim teams.

$500 insurance with USA Swimming / American Water Polo,

$1,500 marketing w postcards, signs, printing, copies,

$400 for web site, social media and FB ads,

$5,000 for equipment allowance. Investment will last for years. Items include SKWIM disks, fins, headbands, regulation goals, practice goals and boundaries. 

Budget:

Please outline a simple budget for how your proposed funding will be spent. The total amount must not exceed $7,500. Please break down the amount into line items in as much detail as you can (for example: equipment, materials, fees, marketing, space rental, food, etc.):

$500 insurance with USA Swimming / American Water Polo,

$1,500 marketing w postcards, signs, printing, copies,

$400 for web site, social media and FB ads,

$5,000 for equipment allowance. Investment will last for years. Items include SKWIM disks, fins, headbands, regulation goals, practice goals and boundaries.

More questions from Sarah

Q: Who is the audience that would get to utilize this opportunity?

Q: How this idea might help your community?

Q: How will you plan to incorporate some of the playful learning presented at Play for Change? 

Q: Is there a main goal that you have in creating this league? 

Q: How will this league help you attain this goal?

Q: How are you thinking outside the box a bit for this concept? 

Q: Is this an idea that will help your larger community? 

Q: Are there partners outside of the league that can benefit from this? 

Statement: Our goal in bringing together teams at the Unplay conference (and I recognize that none of your teammates ended up showing that day) was to broaden the scope of ideas in order to highlight collaboration among varying partners. I'd like to learn a bit more about this.

About the Author

Coach Mark, the executive director of the nonprofit 501(c)(3) of SKWIM USA, lives and coaches in Pittsburgh, PA, USA where he helps to lead swim, SKWIM and water polo activities for a wide range of participants.

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