Category Archives for "Plans"

Feb 16

History and Formation

By admin | Plans

Inaugural Mission and Constitution of SKWIM International:

With the inauguration of this non-profit organization, 2009, we pledge to govern on behalf of our international community, this compelling, team, water-sport entitled SKWIM; brought forth for global participation; transcending age and ability; honoring historic and cultural traditions; utilizing the wellspring of life as its medium; while praying and working for the well-being of each player.

Encouraging both balance and perspective within sport, we strive to exercise the psychological, sociological, philosophical, and physiological in each person. We dedicate this endeavor to God, and work toward these prime resolutions:

  • Encouraging SKWIM Spirit
  • Coaching Eternal Citizenship
  • Officiating Compassion in Competition
  • Playing with Grace and Excellence
  • Advancing Water Safety
  • Promoting Water Fitness
  • Stewarding Water Quality
  • Celebrating the Precious Gift of Life. 
Encouraging SKWIM Spirit

 – team sport participation is available to all ages and abilities, with dynamic interaction of the full human spirit.

Promoting Water Fitness

– exercising human motion and becoming water-skilled through a fun and friendly social activity with dynamic interaction.

Advancing Water Safety 

– playing an interactive sport in water increases swimming endurance and skill.

Playing with Grace and Excellence

– making advanced achievement appear beautiful. SKWIM is designed as a non-confrontational water sport; encouraging speed, skill development, and play-making.

Coaching Eternal Citizenship

– values of good sportsmanship, team spirit, and honoring both team members and opponents; has reaching and lasting impact. We all make history every day.

Officiating Compassion in Competition 

- governing play so as to promote a sense of conscientiousness and concern for other’s wellbeing. Love of the game and love of your fellow player, is held at a higher worth than the score. A deep sense of importance toward the opponents well being, and the virtue of fair play.

Stewarding Water Quality 

– being aware of the effect that industry, family life and recreation have on the environment and water. Contributing toward drinkable water for all people in the world.

Celebrating the Precious Gift of Life, in the Water 

– keeping the perspective that sports is a celebration of the gift of our body, mind, and spirit, honoring the gift and the Giver.

Dec 06

Grant application to Unplay

By admin | Grant , Plans

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.

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