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Swimmers Commit to Helping Homeless

After collecting food items all month for the Broward Outreach Center in Pompano Beach, CSSC athletes prepared and served meals to the area’s homeless and hungry Tuesday.


Fourteen swimmers in all unpacked two carloads of non-perishable items donated by Coral Spring Swim Club families in October; dried foods, canned goods, juices, paper and hygiene products among them.

The second year in a row CSSC swimmers have helped at Outreach, volunteers brought with them plastic cups, forks and spoons (right).

“Last year the kitchen kept running out because they only had so many. Kids asked this year if we could donate some and we did,” said CSSC Booster Club President, Danica Schimansky.

Volunteer Coordinator for the Center, Asma Rashid, thanked athletes for their efforts.

“It’s great that you are here today. You are helping those who really need it and that is something god really, really likes,” she told swimmers.

Originally from Pakistan, Rashid said homelessness in her native land is not as prevalent as it is in the U.S. In contrast, the condition in America is driven by a variety of socioeconomic factors which often lead to abandonment, runaways and the unfortunate outcast of family members.

A National Team swimmer for CSSC, Bryce Pierce summed up Tuesday’s mission in few words.

“A lot of people don’t have it as well as we do. Today we’re helping others get back on their feet,” he said.

The Center is home to roughly 230 residents and serves an average 800 meals a day. Ten families live on campus to which 66 percent will move into viable homes in the next year. The Center engages case management workers, legal professionals and social experts to ensure that outreach efforts are results driven.

“After 30 days half of these parents will find jobs. In a year, seven out of ten families will successfully matriculate back into society thanks to the help of volunteers,” Rashid said.

(CSSC Broward Outreach Volunteers Tuesday: Patrick Franzio, Guillermo Barrios, Sam McCormick, Megan Schimansky, Sarah Schimansky, Rebecca Wilkerson, Delaney Biro, Carly Brewington, Bryce Pierce, Gianluca Savino, Ellie Mitova, Bailey Feurman, Brooke Cordoba, Samantha Roth, Coach Irina James, Booster Club President Danica Schimansky)

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Turkey Classic Benefits Hungry and Homeless Saturday


This Saturday’s Turkey Classic in Pompano Beach welcomes more than 50 Coral Springs Swim Club athletes along with non-perishables to feed Broward’s homeless and hungry over the holidays. ((break))


In a double-whammy of a good thing, families and friends get to see their favorite CSSC swimmers compete Saturday while at the same time help the less fortunate in Broward.

Instead of charging admission to this one-of-a-kind event, meet hosts - the Pompano Piranhas - ask that visitors donate a non-perishable food item to be collected at the gate by Family Central, a Florida non-profit.

The event features age group swimmers 14 and under sprinting 25- and 50-yard heats in all four strokes. More than 500 swimmers from nearly 20 South Florida teams will compete over two sessions in a single day. The fastest three girls and boys in each age group will be awarded a trophy and a frozen turkey in honor of the meet’s namesake. Swimmers placing 4th - 8th will receive medals.

“We should have a pretty good meet with lots of good swimming and plenty of excitement,” said Piranhas Coach, Jesse Vassallo.  

The event takes place at the Pompano Beach Aquatic Center, 820 NE 18th Ave. Pompano Beach, FL. (Click for complete meet details)

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CSSC's Second Annual Food Drive Gaining Momentum Heading Into Final Eight Days

For the second consecutive year, Coral Springs Swim Club is reaching out to the community with a Food Drive.

CSSC is collecting non-perishable food and canned goods through October 11 for the Broward Outreach Centers.

To help replenish and stock the pantries, children and adults are being asked to drop off supplies in the large marked boxes at the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex or Mullins Park pool.

Swimmers, coaches, parents and friends of CSSC swimming are trying to help by continuing its Food Drive that started last year and was a huge success.

Because of the economy there has been a large increase in the number of needy families coming to the Broward Outreach Centers. The need is greater with more people losing their jobs or working in low-paying positions.

The Broward Outreach Centers/Miami Rescue Mission is a non-profit, faith-based organization focused on ministry to the homeless and needy in South Florida.

Last year the organization provided over 343,286 bed nights, and served nearly 859,883 meals to homeless men, women and children. During the 2013-14 fiscal year, they expect to serve over 1 million.

Anyone is welcome to bring donations to the pools. Non-perishable food items include canned meats, canned fruits and vegetables, peanut butter, crackers, cereal, pasta, pasta sauce, flour, sugar and rice.

For more information call Danica Schimansky at 954-592-2610.

Schimansky said about ten to twelve CSSC swimmers will deliver the collected food to The Broward Outreach homeless shelter, tour the facility and help in the kitchen.

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