From Drew Hirth, Coach and Manager of Operations
Pay It Forward
I would like to touch on this week's NOVA Power theme of "Pay it Forward" with a unique perspective. 25 years ago, as a 15-year old NOVA swimmer, I helped to play a small role in the collective effort to realize the dream of the NOVA Aquatic Center at Gayton. The relentless level of work that the entire team of parents, staff, and swimmers put into building Pool 1 is a long-lasting and enduring chapter in NOVA's history -- we all continue to reap the benefits today. At the time, my NOVA teammates and I had no idea that everything we saw our parents doing to raise funds, and everything that was asked of us to help the cause, would directly benefit those of you reading this letter - but here we are in 2021!
We are standing at the doorstep of opening a transformational 2nd facility that will carry NOVA into the future. Back in 1996, NOVA needed its own water without the constraints of others dictating when or where the team could practice, and more convenient options. We also wanted a location that was closer to our families and the ability to host meets. All familiar themes today! As a smaller team, investment was needed from all to make this happen. Here is an excerpt from an email I sent to my group last month.
"Through hard work and a lot of fundraising, we opened "Pool 1" at Gayton when I was 16. I remember slapping Pizza Hut menus on apartment doors, checking parent's coats at Silent Auctions, yard sales, wrapping paper... you name it, we did it. My parents served the team and construction effort through Board membership and bridging community connections. We were all on the journey together."
We are a different organization today but our needs remain the same. NOVA Power is continuing the pursuit of excellence. The benefits that the NOVA family and the community will realize upon Regency's opening this summer will be immediate. My mind wanders to 2046 - 25 years from today. The effort to build, open, and program Regency will touch lives for years to come. The support of NOVA families today will be the foundation for another 25 years of growth - and the next chapter will begin.