Lee’s Summit and Greater Kansas City community members joined Ryan Lochte, 11-time Olympic medalist, to raise close to $14,000 at the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District’s Float for Hope Clinic at a March 29 special event. Additional money raised at the event also went to the Kansas City Swim Academy Infant Aquatics program.
Held at the Lee’s Summit R-7 Aquatic Center, the Float for Hope Clinic included three two-hour sessions, featuring swimming and drills in the water with Mr. Lochte. Swimmers participating in the clinics also had the opportunity to participate in a question-and-answer session with the internationally recognized athlete.
Float for Hope, offered through the Lee’s Summit R-7 Aquatic Center, provides swim instruction for children in families dealing with financial hardships. The charitable organization has helped hundreds of children learn essential swimming and water-safety skills since its inception in 2009.
Approximately 1,000 people attended the event with close to 600 participating in the three swimming clinics. Sponsors for the event included Ameresco; Konica Minolta; Midwest Bus Sales; ACI Boland Architects; Alexander Open Systems, Inc; Fast Signs; Crick Camera; and Swim Things. Event sponsors Kansas City Swim Academy and Speedo were responsible for arranging for Mr. Lochte to participate in the clinics.
The event was coordinated by the R-7 Aquatic Center and the Aquatic Center Advisory Board with special thanks to Elaine Bluml and Tom Jackson, Advisory Board members.
Lochte has won five Gold, three Silver and three Bronze Olympic medals and is the current record holder in the 200 and 400 individual medley. He has been named both American and World Swimmer of the Year twice in his career (2010 and 2011) and has a total of 70 medals in major international competition including 45 first-place finishes.