Greater Joliet Area YMCA
Illinois Swimming
Level 2

Who Are Friends of Swimming?

Some time ago, a group of very insightful JETS parents encouraged the team to buy its own Colorado timing system. This equipment is expensive enough that few other teams have their own so, over the years, a group of JETS parents collectively known as Friends of Swimming (FOS) have volunteered their time to run the timing equipment for other teams who host meets throughout the Chicagoland area. The money FOS earns from running these meets comes back to the team in the form of scholarships for graduating high school JETS swimmers, maintaining the timing equipment and purchasing new equipment, and donating things such as computer equipment and swimmer awards.

How can I help Friends of Swimming?

Friends of Swimming is always interested in recruiting more volunteers to help run meets. This is a very worthy cause for our team and our sport. If you are interested in helping in any capacity (no experience with timing equipment is needed to help--on the job training is provided), or simply wish to learn more about the cause, please contact George Galounis at 815-726-5723 or [email protected]. Please click the button below to view a more detailed description of what Friends of Swimming does and how meets are run.

Friends of Swimming scholarship

In an effort to give something back to the dedicated swimmers who graduate from the team as seniors in high school, and to help them on their way to college, Friends of Swimming set up a scholarship program for JETS swimmers. In short, each graduating JETS swimmer will receive a stipulated amount of money that is determined by the number of years they swam on the team.

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