After two months of participation, the Swim 1922 Contest, an initiative of the Swim 1922 partnership between USA Swimming and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated, came to a close on Friday, May 20th with one region topping the others. The Central Region of Sigma Gamma Rho amassed a staggering 33,314 points over the two-month period, nearly 10,000 more than the second place winner.
The Swim 1922 partnership is a first of its kind partnership between the National Governing Body and a member of the Pan-Hellenic Council of Historically Black Fraternities and Sororities. The partnership seeks to increase participation and opportunities in the sport of swimming for black women and the black community in general.
The contest, which began April 7 was created as a way to encourage Sigma Gamma Rho members and their friends and family to participate in swimming and aquatics in as many ways as possible. Through their participation, members of the sorority and the regions they represent earned prizes every two weeks as they participated and encouraged others to do the same.
“Sorors in the region who have been doing water activities for a while, pitched in and helped us impact the lives of children in the communities we serve,” says Central Region Director Pamela Kadirifu. “The contest was my opportunity to actually follow my doctor’s orders! Water Aerobics was prescribed as the perfect activity for my knee after surgery. So, given the chance to not only take advantage of a great workout but also support such a great initiative, I made it my personal mission.”
The second place Southeast Region held the lead in points each two-week period of the contest known as “Laps” and just lost the lead during the last week of the contest. With a respectable 24,596 points, the Southeast is very proud of their accomplishments.
“It is often said that friendly competition is a great motivator. This definitely applies to the heated competition between both the Central Region and Southeastern Region when it came to the Swim 1922 initiative,” says Southeastern Region Director Rasheeda Liberty. “In the end, Central Region was hailed as the winner, but the real win is the fact that Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. is maximizing our partnership with USA Swimming by bringing awareness to underserved communities and saving lives through water safety.
Women from Sigma Gamma Rho chapters belonging to the Central Region will be treated with a private reception at the 2014 Boule this July at the Gaylord in National Harbor. The reception will feature Swim 1922 Spokeswoman and Olympic silver medalist Maritza Correia as well as special appearances by celebrity guests of the Swim 1922 Fashion Show.
To learn more about the Swim1922 partnership, visit: www.usaswimming.org/swim1922