June 25th, 2013
Los Angeles, CA — June 25, 2013 — One with the Water®, a non-profit swim school dedicated to teaching life-changing swimming skills to kids and adults — many of them with disabilities or special needs — was honoured for its mission and achievements this June with a generous grant from the Los Angeles Triathlon Club earmarked for 32 special-needs students and at-risk youth. The grant will cover a complete program of small-group swim lessons, taking each child from no water experience to basic water safety and swimming ability — all in about four hours, or eight sessions at the Culver City Municipal Plunge.
The 2,000 member, thirteen-year-old LA Tri Club has recently expanded its focus to include philanthropy, founding the Coast2Coast Swim Challenge to help raise money for under-served and at-risk youth to learn basic water skills that can prevent tragic incidents of childhood drowning. “The LA TRI Club has made an impact on kids all over the southland,” says LA TRI Club board member Larry Turkheimer. “Now, once again, we have stepped forward to help an organization have the ability to give kids the opportunity to swim, exercise, and most importantly, feel accomplished.”
Turkheimer was inspired to donate to One with the Water after seeing the benefits made from last year’s Coast2Coast Swim Challenge proceeds. “I was approached by Coach Kenneth Rippetoe of One with the Water to see if the LA TRI Club and Coast2Coast Swim Challenge would be interested in supporting their programs. Last year we helped 20 needy kids learn to swim through One with the Water. This year, One with the Water has partnered with CoachArt, a non-profit offering free lessons in the arts and athletics to patients ages 6-18 living with chronic illnesses such as Arthritis, Cancer, Cystic Fibrosis, Diabetes, HIV/AIDS, Sickle Cell Disease and severe Asthma. Siblings of patients are also included in the program.”
Grants and donations to One with the Water pay exclusively for pool space, insurance, and instruction for kids and families with limited financial means. Especially during the nation’s budget crisis, many schools lack the financial resources, personnel and facilities to provide athletic programs or physical therapy for children with special needs. One with the Water aims to fill that need, with specially-trained instructors and a nimble, low-overhead, non-profit model of operation.
One with the Water offers competitive swim training and year-round swim instruction for children and adults with a wide variety of skill levels, from total beginner to competitive athlete. In addition to their national-level competitive swimming skills, One with the Water’s instructors are trained to work with children and adults diagnosed with autism, Asperger’s, ADD, ADHD, sensory integration, anxiety, Down and CHARGE syndrome, auditory processing disorders and dyslexiaand others. Founder and Head Coach Kenneth Rippetoe, certified by the American Swimming Coach Association Disability Level 3, was featured on the Sundance Channel’s documentary program ‘Push Girls’, working with paraplegic swimmer Mia Schaikewitz.
Since its founding, One with the Water has given out over $20,000 in scholarships to needy students and changed the lives of 400 swimmers in total. One father — whose son is on the Autism Spectrum — reported that his son “really responded to [head Coach Kenneth Rippetoe], and looks forward to his class more than anything else right now. After the first class, he suddenly looked forward to and enjoyed swimming, as opposed to dreading it. He made huge strides, the biggest he has ever made, working with [One with the Water].”
Tax-deductible donations to the “Pay-It-Forward” scholarship program of One with the Water, a 501(c)(3), can be made at the organization’s website: OneWithTheWater.org/donate.aspx.
LA Tri Club is pleased to share some exciting news from our sponsor, PÜR PAK
PÜR PAK LAUNCHES ALL–NATURAL ACTIVE
SUPPLEMENT IN A VARIETY OF CARBONATED
Wellness Company Introduces New Line of All-In-One
Multivitamin And Mineral Packet
ANGELES (June 11, 2013) – Pür
Pak, an all-natural revolutionary line of active performance supplements,
is pleased to debut its carbonated flavors – Tangy Berry, Citrus and Super
Green. Launching this month, Pür Pak’s new refreshing fizzy option ensures complete, on-the-go-
nutrition, is easier and tastier than ever before.
Understanding the difficulty in balancing an active
lifestyle and maintaining proper nutrition, one .5 ounce packet of Pür Pak in 8 ounces of water delivers a
unique combination of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, electrolytes and
powerful supplements. Together these
ingredients help promote a healthier immune system, replenish electrolytes,
enhance physical and mental performance and provide healthy natural energy throughout the day. The all-natural ingredients combined with
sodium bicarbonate give Pür Pak its light, sparkling, effervescent fizz.
Two time Ironman World Champion triathlete Chris “Macca”
McCormack says it’s the best in supplementation he’s come across. “My partnership with Pür Pak was really as
organic as the product itself. For me it is my complete supplementation program
in a simple easy to use packet. It ensures that I can continue to train at the
highest level and absorb the workloads I am doing. The powdered version ensures
that greater quantities are absorbed and the quality of the ingredients
selected are pharmaceutical grade so I feel it;s effects immediately, it’s quality is far superior to
anything I have ever used. Without Pür Pak my preparation is not as
good as it can be. I am enjoying it very
much across many spectrums as an athlete”
“As a working Mom, so
many things can get in the way of eating properly; with a hectic schedule it
was important for me to create a product that will simplify the nutritional
needs of people in search of a power packed, tasty, refreshing, natural way to
get extra nutritional support throughout the day” said Gina Baski, founder of Pür Pak. “Pür Pak, is the
all-in-one solution to help active people complete a balanced approach to
packaged in .5 oz. packets and retails online for delivery. A one week sample
box retails for $18, a 28 day supply box is $49 and a recurring monthly
subscription for a 28-day box is $39 per month. For more information and to
purchase Pür Pak, please visit www.livepurpak.com.
Three years ago TriFit Club and Studios founders Gina &
Bernard Baski’s and ABC President Stephen McPherson lives intersected. As one of the busiest execs in Hollywood,
Steve was at a cross roads with his health, he came to Gina & Bernard in search
of a healthy solution to his high stress lifestyle. Pür
Pak was born out of the Baski’s and Stephen’s personal knowledge, experience,
and frustration with what they found was lacking in the marketplace; a complete, easy to use nutritional
solution. World champion triathlete
Chris “Macca” McCormack has recently joined forces as Pür Pak’s head brand
After three years the team received FDA approval and finalized
Pür Pak’s ingredients, Pür Pak launched
into the market in 2012. All Pür Pak products
are: pharmaceutical grade, gluten-free, dairy-free, GMO free, contain only 15
calories per serving and less than 2 grams of sugar, with no artificial colors
or sweeteners, ultimately creating a simple and all-natural solution for
This weekend, 6/15 in Marina del Rey, DISC Sport & Spine w Heartfelt Cardiac Projects are offering Cardiac Screening >> don't miss this opportunity to get your ticker checked. For the basic info, go here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/140216257/DISC-Sports-Spine-LATriTO REGISTER for your slot and get this important service, GO HERE: http://www.heartfeltcardiacprojects.org/ and click on "Schedule a Screening" link at the top of the pageAll are welcome to take advantage of this offer, LATCers, friends, family... the more, the merrier. Sign up today! Be safe out there.
The Coast 2 Coast Swim Challenge (C2C) is the most important swim you'll do all year! That's because every lap you swim will help raise funds for disadvantaged LA kids to learn how to be safe in the water and discover the fun of swimming.
LA Tri Club established the C2C three years ago to do something about the epidemic of child drownings in our community: more kids under 14 in California die from drowning than any other cause and LA County has the highest rate of near-drowning accidents in the State.
The C2C concept is simple: meet up with a couple hundred of your buddies; swim as many or as few laps as you like; get a free massage and goodies from sponsors afterwards. I'm returning for my third year at the C2C and doubt there will be a slower swimmer in the pool. At the C2C this just doesn't matter because everyone who participates is part of a winning campaign that in its first two years has raised over $40,000 and taught 1,450 LA kids how to swim. I would not miss this event because I know what it does, it HELPS young kids feel safe in the water, something most of us can not imagine. Read more about how you can swim to save lives! See you in the water on the 2nd of June.
LA Tri Club announces the NEVER EVERS Triathlon. This triathlon is for LA Tri Club members only and only for those who have never done a triathlon before. The LATC Never-Ever Triathlon will be held on May 19th on a course hand picked for the first timer and each participant will be paired with a veteran LA Tri Club member to serve as a mentor for our Never Ever participants.
The location is Hansen Dam Aquatic Center (in Los Angeles, NE corner of San Fernando Valley, where 118 meets the 210). The race distance is 300m-1 loop swim, 10k-3 loop bike and 2.5k-3 loop run (in imperial that's 328yd swim, 6mi bike, 1.5mi run). The swim takes place in the 4th largest swimming pool in North American. The City calls it a "swimming lake" and for good reason, this is chlorinated "lake" is a pool 150 yards long, 40 yards wide, with tapered sides and only 5 feet at the deepest point. It will provide the calmest, clearest, safest swim imaginable! The bike takes place inside the Hansen Dam Park on a closed road and, other than one small bump to manage each lap, it's a very flat course. The run is pretty flat too and mixes in trail, grass and a bit of side walk/parking lot. The multi lap format allows friends and family members to see each participant every few minute for a chance to cheer. The day ends with a picnic in the park served by a gourmet food truck.
To register for the LA Tri Club Never-Ever Event, visit our RSVP page and grab your $55 entry. This event is limited to the first 40 that sign up so don't delay.
If you missed the Hunter Kemper meeting last month you can read the Transcript of the meeting here. This is a fascinating way to see how dynamic Hunter Kemper is and why he's a 4X Olympian.
Interviewed by LA Tri Club's Head Coach Ian Murray.
The heartrate monitor is the #1 tool you can use on a daily basis to train smart, burn fat and get results. This simple watch and chest strap combo is a “window to your soul” and tells you vital information that makes sure every second of your workout is maximized. Although heartrate monitors have been around for years, many athletes strangely resist using them and those who do, rarely know how to use them correctly.
The LA Tri Club/TTS Junior Team has been progressing nicely in both in terms of growth and on the mission to balance fun and performance. The team consists of two different squads: the Discovery Team serves ages 9-12 and the Elite team serves Youths 13-15 and Juniors 16-19. The Discovery Team consists of Zane Granoble, Frankie Reid both of whom have enjoyed great results this year: Zane won at Rodondo at the and Frankie took both overall wins at the LA-F1 Discovery Race this year.
Make a difference in a child’s life and enjoy a great day at the pool at the second annual Coast 2 Coast Swim Challenge (C2C) on May 20 at
the Culver City Plunge. The C2C is the LA Tri Club’s signature charity event that unites athletes from across Southern California to collectively swim the distance between LA and NYC in a single day, in a single pool while raising money to fund free swim lessons for under-served kids in our community.