A Force in the Pool

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The pool at Milbank is a bit of a treasure in Harlem. It’s not always easy to get swim time in urban settings, and countless young people—and plenty of adults—have learned to swim on West 118th Street.

Over the past years, though, swimming has taken on a new purpose at Milbank. The center’s swim team—the Stingrays—have become a competitive force. Last week, a reporter from DNAinfo came out to a practice preceding a big meet on Long Island, where five of the Stingrays were going to compete in the Regional Junior Olympics. According to the Stingrays coach, Miguel Escalante, our kids did great, all matching or beating their previous personal bests.

Read the story. And stay tuned because we’ll be doing a more in-depth piece about what this team has accomplished, and why it’s so important. 




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