Ken Sygit is a busy man these days.
Not only is he the father of a 1-year-old boy, he is also coaches swimming and diving at St. Clair High School and the Blue Water Swim Club.
It amounts to early days and long nights, but the work load doesn’t appear to faze the 33-year-old Sygit.
“It’s all about the kids,” he said. “I get joy in seeing all of the kids be successful. It doesn’t matter what goal they want to achieve. I want to help them get there.”
The 80-member Blue Water Swim Club has developed swimmers for more than 40 years and currently has participants from Memphis, Algonac, Port Huron, Lakeport, Marysville, St. Clair and Marine City. The swim club has scheduled a Swim-A-Thon from 6 to 9 p.m. March 2 at St. Clair High School to raise money for the year. The goal is $12,000, and the club had raised $9,205 raised as of Tuesday.
As part of the swim-a-thon, club members will swim two hours or 200 lengths of the St. Clair pool.
“It’s a family,” Sygit said. “It’s competitive swimming. But we give back, and we are most proud of coaching the kids and helping them. That’s why there’s so much sportsmanship. They know each other.”
The money in the past has worked its way back into the community. Last year, the club donated $12,000 to help St. Clair High School fix its pool. In upcoming months, the club will purchase plane tickets to send a pair of its swimmers to national competitions.
“St. Clair High School has always been good for us,” Sygit said. “We are working together. We want to leave it better than we found it. It would be the same if it was for any other school. We know that this year St. Clair needs a new (public announcement) system and benches in the locker room. We will leave it to the powers that be to decide.”
“We pay for the travel fees and things of that nature to help our athletes,” Sygit said. “We give donations of equipment and do different things in the community. We want to make the event fun and open to the entire community.
“We are going to have some fun events, and while the fundraiser is going on, the kids will also have a chance to cheer for their parents, as we have different contests and role reversal. It’s funny how much a person will do for a $5 gift card.”
Donations can be made at the event or at this link.
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