Water Safety Hero of the Week: Josh Shaw

Water Safety Hero of the Week: Josh Shaw

Update: It looks like Josh Shaw didn’t tell the truth. And, thus, won’t be our Water Safety Hero of the Week. The only good that comes of this is the mass awareness that this high profiled story has provided the country. I listened to several sports radio stations discussing near drownings and personal water safety stories. Awareness is the first step in water safety. We just need to follow up with some education! Josh Shaw knows something about being tough. He’s a starting cornerback at the University of Southern California. A team captain, to boot. This is evident when he jumped off a 2nd story balcony to save his 7-year-old nephew from drowning. After hitting the concrete, he crawled into the pool and brought his nephew to safety. Luckily, Shaw didn’t break anything — just two, severe high ankle sprains. Shaw’s heroics have garnered him our first ever “Water Safety Hero of the Week”, a weekly blog post commending epic deeds in the name of water safety. Kudos to Josh Shaw, an outstanding young man that kept his eyes out for danger and acted shamelessly to save the life of...
Dean-Callahan Scholarship Fund

Dean-Callahan Scholarship Fund

The 1st Annual Dean-Callahan Summer Swim Off and Volleyball Tournament went off without a hitch on Friday, August 15th, 2014. In fact, there wasn’t really room to move — it was packed. Over 500 hundred people showed up at Mallory Country Club to show their support. The fundraiser created a scholarship for Norfolk Public Schools athletes in memory of two superb young men, Carlton Dean and Joey Callahan. Both of them swam in the Virginia Beach Swim League and for Maury High School. Carlton Dean Jr, at only 19 years old, was killed in a September 2012 shooting. Joey Callahan, 22, drowned after he jumped off the Granby Street bridge in July of 2013. The event was a celebration of these two young men’s lives and what they meant to their friends and family. People came from all over, old and young. I ran into people that I haven’t seen in over a decade — a testament to the two lives we lost all too early. If you are local and didn’t get to come, don’t worry, there is always next summer. So pack your Speedo and goggles because you won’t want to be on the sidelines for the 2nd Annual Swim Off. For more information, please visit...
UNICEF, Commonwealth Games Team Up

UNICEF, Commonwealth Games Team Up

The Glasgow Commonwealth Games are over but it’s impact will be felt for years to come. The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) teamed up with the Commonwealth Games in an effort to save millions of children’s lives.  They raised funds through a campaign they call, “Put Children First“. Lord Ashdown, the President of UNICEF-UK, penned a brilliant piece on the campaign via a Huffington Post blog.  He provides examples of where the donated proceeds are going — like that of SwimSafe, an initiative to prevent drowning in Bangladesh. “I also visited a project where children are taught to swim. Why is that important? Because with climate-change-driven monsoon flooding becoming an increasing problem in low lying countries like Bangladesh, knowing how to stay afloat and get to dry land is a matter of life and death. It’s staggering that an estimated 18,000 children die every year from drowning in this flood prone nation. Unicef’s work has already taught 300,000 children to swim, giving them a fighting chance of survival in the years to come.” UNICEF travels to Bangladesh to #PutChildrenFirst...