Forty-five Stingray Swim Club members, friends and family rolled out of bed early Saturday, not for morning training, but for this year’s Earth Day cleanup.
For the second consecutive year, Stingray participated in the Chamber of Commerce event. Members of all ages, and from every group within the club, took part – with a resounding desire shared by all to make this part of the club’s annual calendar of events.
The club agreed that it would be good to do their cleanup work in an area where they live, play and interact every day, so with this in mind, they chose to focus efforts in the Windsor Park neighborhood.
The swimmers filled more than 50 bags of trash, going through 120 pairs of latex gloves and – as might be expected from a group of young athletes – the cleanup quickly became competitive, with the breakout groups all trying to collect the most trash in the allotted time.
According to a press release from the club, members felt that taking part in the Earth Day Clean Up was a great team-building activity and an opportunity to give back to the community which supports them, as well as to help the swimmers develop a healthy relationship with the future of the island and their environment.