"He's always helping the community, and he's brought an awareness of swimming to the black community," said Griffin, 61. "It's a worthy honor because we have trained over 2,000 kids in all of our years of coaching and teaching. We taught, and we've really enjoyed it. I don't think we thought we would be doing this for that long, but it's just making the public aware that blacks can swim and that if they give it a chance and come out and see us, they can get into this sport. It's just been fun."