GAC unveils T. Dianne Bellamy Small Learn to Swim Service Award

(L-R) 2022 T. Dianne Bellamy-Small Learn to Swim Service Award winner Jamie Miller, T. Dianne Bellamy-Small, Guilford County Schools Superintendent Dr. Whitney Oakley

At a luncheon today celebrating its hosting of the USA Swimming’s 2022 Toyota U.S. Open, the Greensboro Aquatic Center unveiled the T. Dianne Bellamy Small Learn to Swim Service Award.

The award is named in honor of Guilford County Board of Education member T. Dianne Bellamy-Small in recognition of her longtime support, commitment and dedicated service as a volunteer instructor for the Greensboro Aquatic Center’s ‘Learn to Swim’ program.

GAC Water Safety Instructor Jamie Miller was announced as the inaugural recipient of the T. Dianne Bellamy Small Learn to Swim Service Award, which will be presented annually in recognition of outstanding contributions to the ‘Learn to Swim’ program.  Miller has served the ‘Learn to Swim’ program for over a decade as both a volunteer instructor and staff member.

In partnership with Guilford County Schools, the GAC’s curriculum-based ‘Learn to Swim’ healthy lifestyle program debuted in 2011 and has provided swim lessons to 11,023 local second-graders to date at no cost to the student.

The GAC also announced today a new non-profit, 501C3 organization has been created for the Learn to Swim program to directly collect tax-exempt donations to help with ongoing fundraising efforts. The Board of Directors for the new organization, Learn to Swim, Inc., includes Chairman Ted Oliver, Vice Chairman Larry Burnett, Executive Director Susan Braman, Board members Richard Beard, Tracy Bodenheimer, Matt Brown, Marc Bush, Marc Isaacson, Cullen Jones, Rosemary Kenerly and Guilford County Schools Liaison Representative T. Dianne Bellamy Small.