To the Editor:
In the last two months, a lot has been said about the Roosevelt Island Marlins Swim Team, on the playgrounds, in court, around the school, and in our local newspaper.
Until then, most of the current Marlins families had no idea that there was an issue. The kids attended swim practices, enjoyed their lessons, had fun acquiring great skills, all while hearing stories about the success the swim team was having in competitions. Now, with the rumors and stories circulating around the Sportspark pool, many parents are wondering what will happen with the program they and their kids love. Who wouldn’t love it?! It is convenient, affordable, and proven to accomplish results.
All parents want what is best for their kids. Learning to swim is an important life safety lesson. If, along the way, kids develop passion for swimming, it can become a lifetime of great cardiac exercise.
The Marlins inspire kids to dream big. World medals and records seem within reach, especially since they have an Olympic medalist leading them. But what was once a peaceful and warm environment has become the latest Roosevelt Island topic of disagreement.
It is disappointing that our diverse, international community cannot resolve an issue in a peaceful and productive manner. It seems easier to argue than to find a compromise and a solution that will suit us all.
The bottom line is, with ten candidates fighting for six positions, any newly elected board members could shape the future of our local swim team.
If you are a current Marlins parent, please make an informed decision and vote in the upcoming election. I have made my choice and I support the candidates that led the Marlins to 14 medals at the Junior Olympics, 7 at the Eastern Zone Short Course Championship, and 10 at the Eight and Under Metro Championship. Go Marlins!