Making a Splash: The CG Aquatics Club Community
Writer / Leigh Lawson
Photographer / Jessica Kelly
The Center Grove Aquatics Club (CGAC) has been a part of the community for many decades producing top-notch swimmers who have competed on the national stage. With extraordinary coaching, the club has achieved success from their youngest swimmers to the high school swimmers. What is that winning equation besides coaching, water and practice? The answer is a tight, supportive community of coaches, teammates and families.
The CGAC family knows that the key to building a strong, supportive community is to mix fun into the training equation. Often the club organizes events as a way to kick back, relax and have fun. Whether it is group tickets to an Indianapolis Indians game or impromptu sledding at a park, these events deepen the friendships among swimmers and parents.
On Tuesday, July 14, CGAC will be holding a swim meet for club swimmers 12 years old and younger with several other area clubs competing. The meet begins at 6 p.m. at the Center Grove High School Natatorium.
During and after the meet, food trucks will be on-site including pizza from Brozinni’s, Mexican cuisine from Ahh-Burrito and the CG community favorite, Ella’s Frozen Yogurt. Following the meet, the party will then move to the CGHS football field for fireworks where everyone is welcome to come.
Amy Spencer, CGAC head coach for the age group swimmers, shares the club’s intention for inviting all of Center Grove. “We wanted to do something fun and different to get our name out into the community to let them know that we are more than just a middle school and high school team,” she said. “We work hard but have fun too! What says ‘summer’ better than swimming, picnics and fireworks?”
CGAC parent Kevin Trammell is hopeful that many people will come and enjoy the evening. Trammell has three daughters in the program. He wants the community to feel welcome and witness the offered benefits of CGAC.
He explained that the sport realizes great fitness levels and develops increased focus, which translates into better academic achievement. Trammell also explained that since the club draws from all of the schools within the district, his daughters have a greater sense of their community. Those friendships are priceless.
CGAC understands that there is a need to grow in conjunction with the community. While CGAC feels the support of the community like most of the other sports, they would like to welcome and include the community as well. The community night offers the club an opportunity to share the club’s welcoming atmosphere with the public.
In addition to the community night, the club decided to give back to the community by organizing sessions for the adult public to use the lap pool at the Natatorium Monday through Friday from 9-11 a.m. for $1 per session.
For more information on CGAC, visit their website at cgacswim.org.