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The pool is drained empty locked Theodore Roosevelt College   Career Academy Gary Ind. Wednesday February 6 2013.

The pool is drained, empty and locked at Theodore Roosevelt College & Career Academy in Gary, Ind. Wednesday February 6, 2013. | Stephanie Dowell~Sun-Times Media

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In Jaelan’s Words

Editor’s note: This Post-Tribune report on the state of swimming in the Gary high schools was inspired by this impassioned email from Jaelan Collins:

Subject: No More Swimming In Gary, IN

Hey there! I’m Jaelan Collins. I’m a student in the gary school corporation. I’m a Senior at Wirt/Emerson Visual Performing Arts High Ability Academy, which is a school that doesn’t offer sports (But I believe we definitely should have sports) so we have to play sports at other schools. I started swimming for Roosevelt high school 2009, my 9th grade year. The year after, Roosevelt’s pool was down (and still is til this day), so I went to Lew Wallace High School to swim my 10th grade year and was the captain. And just like Roosevelt, Lew Wallace pool had also failed and is now down. The year after that (you guessed it!) I went to the ONLY other high school in gary to swim, West Side High School. My 11th Grade year of high school I swam for West Side High. Hoping that the same thing wouldn’t happen to this school as it did to all the others in Gary, IN, West Side High School Swim team failed to exist this year. West Side High was the last of swimming in Gary, leaving plenty of other diligent swimmers & I stranded and hopeless for a future in swimming. This may not be a problem to some, but to me, this has been a major problem. I tried to at least practice my swimming elsewhere in gary, but there are no pools up and running anymore. This is my senior year and this absence of swimming is unacceptable! Eliminating swimming in Gary, was the elimination of my dreams. I don’t know who to blame but I believe this situation in my city should be brung to the light. Swim season is already almost over and my dreams are already depleted, but gaining swimming as a sport again in our schools can complete the future generation of swimmers. Thanks for reading, I hope I didn’t come off too angry but it’s a topic that leaves me thinking my city isn’t trustworthy.

In Jaelan’s Words

Editor’s note: This Post-Tribune report on the state of swimming in the Gary high schools was inspired by this impassioned email from Jaelan Collins:

Subject: No More Swimming In Gary, IN

Hey there! I’m Jaelan Collins. I’m a student in the gary school corporation. I’m a Senior at Wirt/Emerson Visual Performing Arts High Ability Academy, which is a school that doesn’t offer sports (But I believe we definitely should have sports) so we have to play sports at other schools. I started swimming for Roosevelt high school 2009, my 9th grade year. The year after, Roosevelt’s pool was down (and still is til this day), so I went to Lew Wallace High School to swim my 10th grade year and was the captain. And just like Roosevelt, Lew Wallace pool had also failed and is now down. The year after that (you guessed it!) I went to the ONLY other high school in gary to swim, West Side High School. My 11th Grade year of high school I swam for West Side High. Hoping that the same thing wouldn’t happen to this school as it did to all the others in Gary, IN, West Side High School Swim team failed to exist this year. West Side High was the last of swimming in Gary, leaving plenty of other diligent swimmers & I stranded and hopeless for a future in swimming. This may not be a problem to some, but to me, this has been a major problem. I tried to at least practice my swimming elsewhere in gary, but there are no pools up and running anymore. This is my senior year and this absence of swimming is unacceptable! Eliminating swimming in Gary, was the elimination of my dreams. I don’t know who to blame but I believe this situation in my city should be brung to the light. Swim season is already almost over and my dreams are already depleted, but gaining swimming as a sport again in our schools can complete the future generation of swimmers. Thanks for reading, I hope I didn’t come off too angry but it’s a topic that leaves me thinking my city isn’t trustworthy.



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