The Gift of Swimming

Scholarship Entrant: Eric from Boca Raton, FL
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
Vote for Eric: 22

One of the extracurricular activities I am most passionate about is Swimming. I currently swim competitively for the Catholic University of America’s NCAA Division III athletic program. I first become involved in the sport in high school, and my love for it only grew as the years progressed. Because swimming is something I really enjoy and love, I wish to share that experience with others who many not have the opportunity to participate in the sport.

They often say that swimming serves as a stimulant to the mind, which provokes emotions of empowerment and innovation. One of my dreams is to start a program where children in the Washington, D.C area, who have a physical handicap, can participate in the sport in a safe and structured environment.

To make this dream a reality, I would need to gain the support of the local community and make a successful case for the procurement of city funding. I would start raising awareness through marketing campaign’s, by leveraging social media, by contacting local politicians, and by communicating with others through word of mouth.

As Steve Jobs once said, “people don’t know what they want until you show it to them”. This program might not necessarily be an impending desire for these children, but the gift and joy it will give them will undoubtedly have a life lasting effect on their lives. Sharing my love for swimming with others, who haven’t experienced the joy it offers, is the ultimate goal of this program.

Vote for Eric: 22

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