Keep the DCR Connell Pool in Weymouth, MA Open

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I'm a coach of the Weymouth Dolphins, and our team has practiced out of the Connell Pool for 20+ years. I am also the Supervisor of the Weymouth Recreation Department Swim Lessons, which utilizes the Connell Pool as well. Between the swim team and the lessons each spring, we work with over 200 kids in the South Shore area to teach and develop the fundamentals of swimming.

I grew up swimming competitively and was able to use my sport to fund a portion of my college tuition. Without this financial assistance, I can assure you that my life would be much different at this point. This sport is important to me for so many reasons and when I graduated in 2010 and had the opportunity to become a coach, I took it immediately and enthusiastically. It was the least I could do to give back to a sport that gave me so much. Throughout my years, I've worked with 100+ kids ranging from age 5 to 17, teaching them not just stroke technique and speed, but also how to be a team player, how to positively encourage their opponents, and to be proud of every accomplishment in and out of the pool. We don't just teach swimming, we also teach self-respect and self-worth.

This weekend, we learned that the Connell Pool is not opening this year as it was omitted from the Governor's budget. Our season is slated to start on October 15, as we participate in a league with 7 other teams and have meets beginning in December. I'm shocked and horrified by this, not just because our team relies on this facility and without it we cannot continue, but because this pool is also home to crowds of families on the weekends. I've seen the same patrons every Saturday and Sunday morning for six years. One of my favorite swimmers is an 80+ year old man who takes the bus from Dorchester at 9am every day to get his laps in.

I ask you to please assist in finding space in the budget to open this pool. There are many communities across the South Shore who have used this pool for years, grew up in it's waters, and rely on it's opening every fall, myself included. Please help your community continue to push for health and wellness, and allow the pool to open for use.

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