Posted Date: 05/25/2023
n December, United Independent School District dedicated their newly built state-of-the-art Aquatic Center to the late Carroll E. Summers, Jr., who was a former school board member and started the swimming program at the District decades ago. The Summers family, in a solid expression of gratitude and support for the students of UISD, announced a donation to provide swimming lessons for children during the District’s upcoming Summer Swimming Program.
The donation was originally for $4,750, but Robert Summers, son of the late Carroll Summers, stated that he would “get the extra $250” to make the total donation $5,000. This will allow for 100 UISD students to receive swimming lessons for free this summer.
UISD Superintendent David H. Gonzalez expressed gratitude to the Summers family saying, “to take advantage of this opportunity for our kids, to teach them to swim, is monumental. I think it’s a tribute to Carroll Summers’ vision, so I want to thank the Summers family not only on behalf of the 100 students we’re going to be teaching, but the 41,000 students we have in addition. This is not about the program itself, but what we stand for as a community; we’re about people. As educators we are also learners, so we are learning from you. Thank you so much for making a difference in the lives of children.”
Robert Summers, son of Carroll E. Summers Jr., committed to making this donation every year, thus providing swimming instruction to generations of children in the future. He made the point that swimming is a life saving skill. “You might just save one child's life, but if that’s your child it’s worth the world,” he said. He also spoke of how UISD’s swimming program will bring new possibilities for children to pursue saying, “when they see the big kids in here swimming, and diving, and the competitions, that might change their future. You just never know.”