Volunteers Needed for Jimi Flowers Classic Swim Meet

Photo Courtesy: Aimee Schmitt

Each summer the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) holds a swim meet to honor the legacy of the late Coach Jimi Flowers.

Flowers, a U.S. Paralympic coach, died tragically in 2009 when he fell during a climbing accident on Capitol Peak in Colorado. In addition to his years as a U.S. Paralympic coach, Flowers also served as the U.S. National Team Director from 1989-93 and coached at Auburn University.

Some of Flowers most notable swimmers include Paralympians Tucker Dupree, Melissa Stockwell, and Dave Denniston.

USOC Request For Volunteers:

In memory of our friend and former colleague, Jimi Flowers, the USOC will be hosting The Jimi Flowers Classic Swim Meet on June 3-4, 2017. This meet will be an exciting world class competition held at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs featuring several of the USA’s top Paralympic swimmers.

For those who never had a chance to meet Jimi, he was an extraordinary husband, father, USOC staff member and swim coach who died on July 10, 2009 following a climbing accident near Aspen.   I encourage you to take a moment and watch this video about Jimi. It captures who Jimi was and how he touched all of our lives. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZuBjK0CJMb4.  He was a coach, character and friend to all!

We currently are looking for volunteers to help with timing (pushing a button on a stopwatch) during the swim meet. No prior experience necessary! We may also need volunteers for other miscellaneous jobs throughout the competition. There are three swimming sessions and we will need 22-24 volunteers for each one. If you are interested in volunteering or know of someone that would be, please email me at patty.sturm@usoc.org with the session(s) that will work for you.

Session 1:  Saturday, June 38:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Session 2:  Saturday, June 3;  4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Session 3:  Sunday, June 4;  8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Positions are first come, first serve.

All of the proceeds from this event go to the Sam and Lauren Flowers college fund. Thank you so much for your interest in carrying out our friend’s legacy!

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Author: Taylor Brien

Taylor Brien is the Assistant Operations Manager and a staff writer at Swimming World. A native of Bettendorf, IA and a 2015 graduate of Illinois College, she has covered a variety of events since joining the SW team in 2015, including the NCAA Championships, World Championships, Olympic Trials, and 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

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