Sidney Goetz is 16 years old and a senior at Grimsley High School in Greensboro, NC. She hopes to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill after graduation.
Sidney’s mother works for the City of Greensboro and told her about iCan Swim Greensboro. Sidney immediately signed up to volunteer. You see Sidney is at home in the water. She swims year round on her school team, a club team and a summer club team.
Sidney says that volunteering at iCan Swim was an eye-opening experience. Although she’s worked with children with disabilities as part of her church youth group, she’s never had the opportunity to make a personal connection with someone with a disability… which is exactly what happened at iCan Swim camp.
Sidney was assigned to work with a young man named Adam who happens to also be a rising senior at Grimsley HS. Sidney tells us that she had seen Adam around school but never met him. She found that she and Adam have a lot in common. Adam has a sister the same age as Sidney’s brother.
On the first day of swim camp Adam was reluctant to get in the pool. He wanted to learn to swim but he was nervous. According to Sidney she learned about patience and being creative to help Adam achieve his goals. Adam responded well to counting and high five’s while learning to swim. Sidney tells us that Adam gained so much confidence by the end of the swim camp week and was learning a lot.
Sidney says that she learned so much about people with disabilities during the camp week. Sidney tells us “It seems to me that, so often, people turn away from and don’t try to include people with disabilities in daily life, but that’s a big mistake. I learned that we are more alike than different. There’s so much to learn from people that are different from you.”
Sidney loved iCan Swim so much that as soon as she heard about iCan Bike Greensboro, NC she and her brother Max, age 15, signed up to volunteer. Sidney had this to say about iCan Bike “My brother and I both had a wonderful experience at iCan Bike and would do it again!! These camps have been my favorite part of this summer!” Sidney says not only is she volunteering next year at both camps but she is bringing friends as well.
We are so glad that Sidney found us. We rely on the altruism of our amazing volunteers for our iCan programs’ success. Thank you Sidney for all you did to help others be their very best this summer. See you next year! Keep shining!
~ SHINE ON ~
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