Little League, with it's body-threatening hard balls and overzealous parents might have turned us off of competitive team sports forever, but discovering PARD's summer swim team program turned all that around. The public pool program focuses on doing your best, cheering your mates and getting fit. Practicing for an hour five days a week and competing in swim meets on Saturdays, the kids rack up a ton of supervised water time (and sleep like babies every night!). It all culminates with a city-wide event at UT's Jamail Swim Center, where everyone is cheered - for beating their own best times or just for finishing the race. This is the kind of competitive sport every kid (and parent) should experience.
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