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Social Media for Good

Most of the time I try to use my powers for good instead of evil.  And almost all of the time my social media circles have NOT let me down.  I was recently looking for a new home and auto insurance provider and within minutes I had over 8 recommendations.  I used one of those suggestions.  The list goes on and on.

In the past I have always tried to give more than I have asked.  I think it is one of the key pieces to making social media work.

I now have another request.

The swim team I coach uses donations for part of our fundraiser.  Just like every other team and social organization, we are looking for ways to get ahead to make our program better.

What we do in return is that for any organization that donates time or product worth $100 or more will get their name on the back of our event TShirt that the kids wear that entire day and when they are out in the community.  If you are a person from an organization that may be able to donate a team meal or cases or water or massage services or you name, please send me a private/direct message.

To read about last years event, click on this link.


Aquatic Center

Over the past couple of weeks I have taken some good-natured kidding about me using my small bit of influence to change the name of where the team practices from pool to Aquatics Center.

It is the cool place to be

The story behind it is relatively simple.

I have stated over and over that the role of a head coach has changed dramatically in the past 20 years.  We still coach, and we still develop student/athletes into strong, smart thinking adults.  But the additional pieces of being a Public Relations Expert, and a Fundraising Guru, and Social Media Master allow a coach to take some choices to help his team in a positive way.

When we started working on Swim-A-Polooza #1, we were in a North Booster Club meeting, and I just blurted out that if we were going to go through all the work of a 5 year plan which started with a new timing system, touch pads, and a scoreboard that we would need to call our 6 lane, 25 meters of space something bigger and better.  It had to have a clever name that made people want to come and see it.

Our friends on Roberts Avenue already have the name Natatorium.  So that was out.

The first thing that came out of my mouth was Waukesha North Aquatic Center.  Instantaneously it gained momentum with the Booster club.  I took the idea to my place of work, and the image that is in this post was created.

The rest is history.

The touch pads and timing system survived the boys season.  The main unit has been loaned out once to the Natatorium while theirs could be repaired.  The electrical is complete for the new scoreboard.  Planning for Swim-a-Polooza II will start soon.   All things that happen in an Aquatic Center. 🙂

Know it!  Love It!  Live It!


Shaving cream, be nice and clean

With all the things going on that we could discuss…we have the Heat and the Bulls in the Eastern Conference Finals featuring a team that is trying to buy a championship and the other is a team that I enjoy as much as the Bears. We have the finals of Celebrity Apprentice with Lil John. Or we could discuss the marketing genius behind Angry Birds. We totally skipped over the Royal Wedding from a couple weeks ago. We could talk about the Social Media project I am driving at work or even the BIG fundraiser we are trying to run for the WNKM Swimming and Diving team.

But, it is coming down to talking about Dog Poop. Yes, Dog Poop. Well, I think it is from a dog.

Now, not owning a dog, nor ever having a pet, I may be out of the loop on this. But I am just looking for some rational answer on why the owner could not pick it up.

Is it because they are lazy? Or is it because it smelled really bad? Or as suggested by my friend Rob, the dog had to go 4 times but you brought only 3 bags?

But it is more than that. It really is. I recently read a quote by J.C. Watts. “Character is doing the right thing when nobody’s looking. There are too many people who think that the only thing that’s right is to get by, and the only thing that’s wrong is to get caught.

It comes down to your value system. It comes down to doing the right thing. Now I do not claim to be perfect, but I can tell you that I would not leave my dog poop all around. And I really hate picking up other peoples dog poop.

Now to tie this back to the title of the post, we use to sing this at Boy Scout camp. The lyrics should make you laugh a bit from Benny Bell.


And we are Underway….

After spending the past 6 months working on quotes, numbers, meetings…the big unveiling occurred tonight at the Waukesha North Booster Club meeting.  Until this point, it was just a dream.  A dream that includes one day, having a home swim meet where all the starting, timing, and scoreboards work for every event.

System 6

We brought in the Colorado System 4 that was giving to us back in 1994.  We brought in a touch pad that has banana clips that are broken off.  We brought in the Daktronics HS100 starter that is all rusted.

We discussed the fact that we had to borrow a touch pad from our good friend and Head Coach Brian Wright at Waukesha West to allow us to have 6 touch pads working for our dual meets.  We talked about how we switched touch pads in the middle of a 400 Free during the season.  We also talked about how key it is to having functional equipment when you are setting pool records.

We talked about how in the past four years the team has produced 13 individual event WIAA State Qualifiers, and 7 relay event Qualifiers.  In addition to that the team has produced 20 Academic All-Americans, and this past season the team had a GPA of 3.843 on a 4.0 scale.

The team is 15-3 at home over the past 4 seasons.

We talked about how we are creating an environment where Student/Athletes can be strong leaders.  In fact, my 2 Captains for next season came to the meeting.  That along with their parents.

It will be a long process.  It is going to take a good deal of work and support.  Luckily, we are working with a great core of parents that have been “All IN” since the beginning.

A couple of fund raisers are in process to assist in the process.  We will continue to investigate all possibilities for larger donations.

And the dream is underway….


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