I owe my life to swimming and would do hate to see it disappear from the city's college
Charleston, SC (PRWEB) December 09, 2014
On December 9, 2014, My Positive Perspective host Jason Deierlein was joined by swimming supporter Steve Fernandez for an episode that spoke out against the College of Charleston’s decision to shut down their swimming and diving programs. Deierlein and Fernandez swam together in their teenage years, and both offered their own reasons for protesting the impending closure of the College of Charleston’s swimming and diving program. Deierlein began the episode saying, “As many of you know swimming saved my life after a car accident I was in. The physical condition swimming had left me in at the time of my car accident is why I am alive today, so I owe my life to the sport of swimming.”
Fernandez said, “I was a former swimmer at the College of Charleston, and I can safely say that without the sport, my success in the classroom may have been compromised.” Fernandez continues, “After my swimming career was over, I went on to coach swimming at the college and I had the opportunity to see many lives improve as a direct result of swimming. Many of the former swimmers went on to become lifeguards and did things to improve or even rescue the lives of others through swimming.”
Deierlein then concludes, “Swimming may not be a large income contributor like football is, but it does help shape lives. It is almost like being in the military because you have to study, eat and sleep on a schedule. Swimming is underappreciated in our culture and that is unfortunate.”
My Positive Perspective is a media outlet believing that improvement in our community will be best achieved by focusing on the good things happening in our world today. Having survived a near fatal car accident as a youth, a shift of perception forced one to have a mentality of always concentrating on the brighter sides of things. This was true, and in my book, Return From a Comatose Mind, this belief was put to the test. Appreciation for life was the biggest thing one took away from my brush with death, and it is because of that gives me such a huge desire to be helpful to many. My Positive Perspective is a way of overcoming challenges through positive thinking.