Courtesy of SPIRE, a SwimSwam partner.
SPIRE has always been known as an elite, international athletic academy. Sometimes, that even involves taking SPIRE to various corners of the world to scout for the best athletes. Recently, SPIRE was invited to host a swim clinic in Abu Dhabi. SPIRE’s Director of Admissions, Lindsey Ahrens, and Director of Aquatics / Head Swim Coach Thad Schultz were more than ready to pack their suitcases and board the plane to the UAE capital to showcase yet another example of SPIRE’s expanding global reach.
The clinic was held at the 4th Lane Swim Academy, located in Abu Dhabi. 4th Lane is a swim club known for its long-term athletic development, a mission that resonates with SPIRE’s students and faculty.
Coach Schultz explains, “We went to Abu Dhabi for two reasons, to do a stroke clinic with one of the largest teams in that area of the world and to spread the word of what an amazing place SPIRE is and how we do things. The trip was successful in that we met with a lot of families and had good conversations with them about how we could help their child achieve their goals in swimming and school. The clinic was also successful in that we had swimmers that were from all over the world get to get a taste of what we do here.”
The clinic, which took place on May 17th and 18th, was offered to more than 400 families and members of the 4th Lane. The families were seeking information on how to further their young athlete’s educational path and career goals through a university or college focusing on swimming opportunities.
This topic is nothing new for SPIRE, which regularly helps its students with college placement to further their careers. SPIRE’s Career and College Preparation and Placement Programs consistently place students in the top universities through their combination of services, college-level educational opportunities, and the student’s ability to compete in front of top decision-makers representing the best schools across the country.
The clinic drew many parents and athletes, all of whom were interested in SPIRE’s resources and opportunities for their children to be educated in the U.S., with the hope of being accepted into a top U.S. university.
“It was a privilege to meet with the coaches and families of 4th Lane Aquatics Swim Academy, “ Lindsey Ahrens explained. “4th Lane’s missions and goals for their athletes are in line with SPIRE’s mission to inspire individuals to meet their peak potential. I believe SPIRE can provide many options to open new pathways for the swimmers who want to improve themselves in the pool, with their academics and in the community.”
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