Thank you for your interest in the Libertyville Stars Swim Club. Our team is made up of a very special group of athletes and dedicated volunteers. We are associated with Special Olympics, and we practice most Sundays at 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. during the school year at Libertyville High School.
Here is more information about our team:
The Libertyville Stars Swim Club was formed in 2000 as The Cats Special Olympics Swim Team. The team name was changed to The Libertyville Stars in 2007.
|Team Members:||We currently have 31 team members, ages 13 to 49, each with developmental disabilities. The size of the team is limited because the safety of the swimmers is always of utmost concern.|
|Volunteer Peer Coaches:||A key to the success of our team is our dedicated volunteer peer coaches. At many swim practices, we have nearly a one-to-one coach-to-swimmer ratio. Our peer coaches are all accomplished competitive swimmers from Lake County high schools and swim clubs, including Libertyville High School, Vernon Hills High School, Mundelein High School, Highland Park High School, and Warren Township High School. |
As a result of being a part of our team, our peer coaches learn to look at all people with disabilities in a whole new light, with great respect for their abilities, and many have persued life careers in Special Education. Friendships between our athletes and volunteers extend beyond the pool. We get together for special events, like bowling, pizza parties, dances, and a Summer Lake Party.
|Key Objectives:||Since the start of our swim club, our key objective has been to provide competitive swim training and competition for individuals, 8 years and older, with developmental disabilities in an integrated community setting. This unique program gives athletes opportunities to develop physical fitness and life safety skills, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with other Special Olympics athletes, families, and the non-disabled community.|
|Founders/Head Coaches:||Becky Peacock is a mother of one of our swimmers, Blake. Serving as an advocate for people with disabilities, Becky strongly believes that when disabled and non-disabled people interact with each other, it brings out the best in everyone. She has coached many Special Olympics sports (including swimming, tennis, alpine skiing, and snowshoeing). and she coached her son when he represented Team USA in the World Winter Games in 2001 (Snowshoeing). Becky also served as a head swim coach for Team USA at the 2003 Special Olympics World Games in Ireland. |
Ann Davidsen is a former competitive swimmer at the University of New Mexico, the University of Alabama, and various Masters clubs. She is a licensed occupational therapist and certified water therapist. Ann’s daughter, Dana, who also was a competitive swimmer in college, was one of the team’s first volunteer peer coaches. Because of Dana’s involvement with the CATS Aquatic Team and the LHS Swim Team, it gave the team instant access to an accomplished group of junior high and high school swimmers, who became the core of the volunteer peer coaches.