USA Swimming family donating book profits to the USA Swimming Foundation


Once in a while you come across a family blessed with an impressive array of diverse talents and the ability to turn big ideas into successful and significant endeavors. The James and Laura Rhodes family of Kila, MT are one of those families. 

The Rhodes kids – Philip, Bailey and Grace have been swimming competitively for the Kalispell Aquatic Team for just over a year, but are already showing remarkable promise. Philip (14) turned to swimming after suffering aFirst Snowflake of Winter (Med) serious football injury and recently qualified for the 2013 Short Course State meet in Butte, MT. Bailey (13) is the athlete coaches are keeping their eye on. Though she’s the youngest in her age group, Bailey’s times are coming on strong!  Grace (9) was proud to qualify as a member of this year’s 2013 Short Course State Meet for the first time.

The kid’s mom, Laura is a children’s book author, and herself swam competitively as a young girl. Her talent for storytelling began one night when the kids asked her to tell them a bedside story. Inspired by the characters taken from their everyday life the idea for her initial story, “The First Snowflake of Winter” was born.

Laura’s husband James is a contractor by trade-though he’s passionate about videography and publishing as well. James put his skills to work creating a promotional video, narrated by Grace who magically captures the essence of the story.

So what does this talented family have to do with the USA Swimming Foundation? The Rhodes family understands the importance of learn-to-swim and decided to take action by connecting with the USA Swimming Foundation in support of its mission of saving lives and building champions-in the pool and in life. 

From now until November 26th, the Rhodes family is donating all the profit proceeds from the sale of Laura’s first book, “The First Snowflake of Winter” to the USA Swimming Foundation. A delightful book emphasizing the importance of friendship and loyalty, this book is beautifully illustrated and the first in a series of five. Introduce the story’s characters, Tugger and Tempkins to a special child in your life and help support the gift of learn-to-swim when you purchase one or more copies of “The First Snowflake of Winter”,  available through the Rhodes website at http://tuggersjournal.com/usa-swimming/.