Celebrate National Learn to Swim Day

by having your child participate in our Third Annual Day of Diversity and Inclusion in Swimming, sponsored by the Eagle Swim Team (EST) of Owings Mills, MD, the North Baltimore Aquatic Club (NBAC), and the Towson-Catonsville Alumni Kappa Charitable Foundation.


May 4th, 2024 & May 11th, 2024

This is the 3rd year of our Diversity and Inclusion initiative @ McDonogh and our 1st year partnering with NBAC @ Loyola University (MD). Our initiative strives to create equity in swimming by providing resources specific to the needs of our communities.


Date: May 04, 2024
Time: 12 pm - 5 pm

Session 1: 12 pm - 2 pm
Session 2: 2:15 pm - 4:45 pm


Henry Rosenberg Aquatic Center The McDonogh School
8600 McDonogh Road
Owings Mills, MD 21117


Date: May 11, 2024
Time: 12 pm – 5 pm

Session 1: 12 pm – 2 pm
Session 2: 2:15 pm – 4:45 pm


Loyola University Aquatic Center Loyola University (MD)
4900 N Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21210

Each aquatic event (May 4th and May 11th) will be split into two sessions limited to 90 children or less. Ages will range from 4-16 years and the ability to swim is not a requirement to attend. A deep-water test may be given to children 8 years of age and older if so desired by the parent.

The goals of our programs are to increase minority participation in swimming at all levels, to make parents and children aware of the physical benefits of swimming, to teach water safety, and to reduce the overall fear of going into a body of water. Remember, swimming can save your life and it can save the life of someone you know. Swimming is the only sport that is also an invaluable life skill.

It is our hope and expectation that the combined efforts of the participating organizations will have an immediate and affirmative impact on children in minority communities by increasing accessibility to swimming lessons, pool time, and swim teams in the Baltimore Metro area. Through the information we will provide to the parents, we would love for the children who participate in this program, and for other children, to enroll in lessons and register for teams this summer.

We enthusiastically look forward to working with your child on May 4th & 11th as well as the possibility of your child's continuing participation in the wonderful world of aquatics.

Head Instructor
Coach Tyree Powell of NotYetPro

Coach Tyree is an accomplished swimmer and overall aquatic enthusiast who is dedicated to promoting diversity and inclusion in swimming. A PDR Swim Team Alumnus from Philadelphia, Tyree achieved his goal of earning a D1 swimming scholarship, bringing him to Towson University. Tyree's background as a swimmer of color has made him a powerful advocate for breaking down barriers and creating opportunities for young swimmers from all backgrounds to participate in the sport. With over 20 years of coaching and instruction experience, Tyree is committed to helping athletes of all ages and levels develop their skills and achieve their goals. Tyree is also the CEO of the NotYetPro Swim School.

Coach Scott Ward & EST (Host) May 4th

Coach Scott founded the Eagle Swim Team (EST), which is based at the McDonogh School, in 1992. EST is a year-round, competitive United States Swimming-registered team.

Coach Scott Ward & Giles Smith 2022


All EST coaches, parents, and team members share and contribute to the team’s objectives of providing quality coaching, training, and competition for all team members; assist all team members in realizing and striving for their full potential in competitive swimming; help develop important life skills, such as self-discipline, communication, goal-setting, self-confidence, and sportsmanship; and provide opportunities for educational and emotional growth through training, competition, and travel. Coach Ward, who coaches both EST and the McDonogh School Swim Team, was named Coach of the Year in 2022 by the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland for his stellar accomplishments with the school team.

Coach Tom Himes & NBAC (Host) May 11th

Coach Tom Himes is the Director of Aquatic Program, and CEO of the North Baltimore Aquatic Club.

Coach Tom Himes


Coach Himes has 45 years of coaching experience in addition to five years of summer league coaching. Coach Himes first began his career with NBAC in 1985 after spending six years with the Howard County YMCA (1979-1985). He spent 17 years with NBAC as the Head Age Group Coach, and has also coached the Retriever Aquatic Club, the Green Terror Aquatic Club, and Loyola Blakefield Aquatics. Coach Himes has served on the Maryland Swimming Board of Directors for more than 35 years in various capacities and is a member of the Maryland Swimming Hall of Fame. To recognize his service to Maryland Swimming, the Maryland Swimming Age Group Coach of the Year Award was renamed in his honor.

The Team Behind The Scenes

Help us applaud these local swim enthusiasts for their help in planning, operating, and registering the swimmers for this program:

Coach Brian Pinkney - LCC

Coach Brian is a 23-year member, administrator, and volunteer swim coach at the Lochearn Community Club of Lochearn, MD, where he assists with the operations of the summer team, the Lochearn Monster, which is part of the Central Maryland Swim League. As an excellent motivator of young kids and a super advocate for Diversity & Inclusion in swimming, he has brought to this growing movement his vision for increasing minority participation in swimming, and providing tangible resources and opportunities for parents and children. Both Coach Brian Pinkney and Coach Tyree Powell are members of the Towson-Catonsville Alumni Kappa Charitable Foundation. They fully support the ideals and objectives of this movement, with the hope of spreading it nationwide.

Coach Trevor RillCoach Trevor Rill - EST

Coach Trevor grew up in Westminster, MD, and competed with the Westminster Stingrays along with
swimming year-round with his local YMCA. He began volunteering and teaching swimming lessons when he was ten years old, and has been teaching and coaching ever since. Most recently, Coach Trevor joined the staff at Eagle Swim Team in 2020 and is also the Head Coach of the Mays Chapel Manta Rays. He is responsible for organizing the one-day format by which children of all abilities can be assigned to a group and volunteer swim instructors who best meet their immediate needs at our

Coach Brian Leoffler – Loyola University (MD)

Coach Brian Loeffler, a former four-year letter winner on Loyola's swimming and diving team, is the longest-standing head coach at Loyola and enters his 32nd season as the leader of the swimming and diving teams. Loeffler, who graduated from Loyola in 1991, has been a part of the Greyhounds program for the last 37 years, spending 1987-1991 as a student-athlete, 1991-1992 as an assistant coach and 1992 through current day as the head coach. Coach Brian will have on hand several of his staff and some of his swimmers to assist us with our program. Coach Brian lends his expertise and knowledge to our Diversity and Inclusion in Swimming program at the Loyola Pool.

Coach Jay Venit - Loyola University (MD)

Coach Jay Venit is from Laurel, MD and attended the Archbishop Spalding High School before enrolling and swimming for Loyola. Following graduation he decided to continue his passion by joining the Loyola University staff as an Asst Coach. He is in his 3rd year with the Loyola Greyhounds swim & dive team. Jay brings his aquatic expertise and organizational knowledge to our Diversity and Inclusion in Swimming program.


EST Day of Diversity and Inclusion Supporter Links

Swim Teams

The Eagle Swim Team
Head Coach - Scott Ward
8600 McDonogh Rd.
Owings Mills, MD. 21117
(410) 998-3581
Mission: To provide quality professional coaching in a safe and supportive environment that is inspirational, innovative, and goal-oriented.
Team Website

Lochearn Community Club Pool
Summer Swim Club & Summer Swim Team
President - Tiffany Averill
Head Coach - John Clark
Volunteer Coach - Brian Pinkney
3600 Campfield Rd.
Lochearn, MD 21207
(443) 226-9621

Accokeek Stroke Technique Swim Team
Owner & Head Coach - Dominique Banks
Northpoint HS
2500 Davis Rd. Waldorf, MD 20603
(301) 300-9078
Team Website

The Episcopal High School
Women's Swim Team
Coach - Brileigh Pinkney
12 N Quaker Ln.
Alexandria, VA.
(703) 933-4180

The Jewish Community Center
Club Team & Summer Team
Owings Mills Barracudas
Baltimore Barracudas
Head Coach - Brendan McElroy
(410) 559-3542

4M Swim Club
Club Team & Swim Lessons
Owner & Head Coach - Marvin Thorpe Jr.
3127 Jeffland Rd.
Windsor Mill, MD. 21244
(410) 298-4481

Aqua Eagle Swim Club
Head Coach - Rahim Booth
Coppin State College
2523 Gwynns Falls Pkwy
Baltimore, MD 21216

Baltimore City Swim Club
Dept of Recreation and Parks
Head Coach - Ben Griffin
2821 Oakley Ave
Baltimore, MD 21215
(410) 396-3838


Swim Lessons & Resources

8600 McDonogh Rd
Owings Mille, MD 21117


NotYetPro Swim School
Head Coach Tyree Powell
324 Main St #16
Laurel, MD 20725

The Randallstown YMCA
Swim Lessons
3505 Resource Dr. Randallstown, MD 21133
(410) 496-4272

The Catonsville YMCA
Swim Lessons
850 S. Rolling Rd, Catonsville, MD 21228
(410) 747-9622
Class Schedules & Swim Schedules

Scuba Diving
Karen Robilard

Black Kids Swim
Website & FB Group
Owner - Ebony Rosemond


Local Businesses

Pass IT On
Community Technical Training and IT Solutions
Dr Willie Sanders Jr.
(443) 942- 7562

MD Ski Productions
Entertainment Productions
CEO - Myk Jones
PO Box 316
Lanham, MD 20706
(301) 728-2001

Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.®
Towson - Catonsville Alumni Chapter
Polemarch - Keith Stith
Vice Polemarch - Karl Jones

Bohemian House Art Gallery
Owner - Tiffany Averill
8133 Main St. Ellicott City, MD 21043
(410) 680-8388

Tax Recovery Service, Inc.
Consultant - Larry Small
1055 Taylor Ave, Ste 303, Towson, MD 21286
(443) 826-0097

Midas of Baltimore
Muffler & Automotive Maintenance
Owner - Ray McCamie
Aberdeen (410) 297-7232
Pikesville (410) 670-5052
Towson (410) 442-6475

Strategic Government Solutions, LLC
CEO - Lamont Norwood
443 213-5869

T & C - Oh My, L.L.C.
Table & Chair Rental
CEO - Brian Pinkney
Gwynn Oak, MD 21207
(443) 226-9621

Wedge Koncepts LLC
Business Consulting
James R. Collins, Managing Director
Washington, DC

Cheryl Adams-Williams DDS
2 E Rolling Crossroads, #58, Catonsville, MD 21228
(410) 747-1830

DGG Enterprises, LLC
Delroy G. Grant, MSW