The Lineboro-Manchester Lions are hosting a swim party for Special Olympics athletes and their families Aug. 4 at the club's community swimming pool, 3347 Victory St., Manchester.
The swim parties started five years ago with the help of Steve Swam, who volunteers as a Special Olympics winter coach. "I also volunteered with the Lions club and I thought it would be nice to have an after-games party for the athletes," Swam said.
Swam started coaching for Special Olympics 19 years ago. He led a Sea Scouts unit, a Venturing branch of the Boy Scouts for boys and girls ages 14 to 20, and was told about an opportunity to volunteer with the games. The whole unit was enthusiastic about helping. "Then they needed an extra coach one year and I said OK ... one thing led to another and here I am," Swam said.
The parties have grown, starting with about 10 athletes and their families when it began; currently, 25 to 30 families signed up to attend this year. "It was word of mouth at first, then sending emails and then in the Carroll County Chapter of Special Olympics newsletter," Swam said.
The party begins at 5 p.m. and is free for all Special Olympics athletes. Family members and caregivers pay $5 for swimming and dinner, which includes hot dogs, cheese pizza, snacks, lemonade, iced tea and water.
DJ Thumper, Glenn Krout, will be there to rock the party, which will last until 9 p.m.
All party-goers can enjoy the large family pool with a diving area, six-lane lap pool, children's pool and snack bar.
The pool has a lift that is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
In addition, there are restrooms, changing facilities, showers and off-road parking.
The rain date for the pool party is Aug. 11.
For more information or to sign up for the party, contact Steve Swam at 410-239-8987 or email@example.com or Debbie Gemmill at 717-632-4230 or firstname.lastname@example.org.