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faces when they realize every- thing that we put forth in effort has paid off,” Butler said is what is most satisfying.
During the current Covid-19 pandemic, circumstances for coaching have become extremely difficult. Butler said he recently learned all USA Swim competi- tions have been canceled through the summer, so the first time a competition could take place is September at the earliest.
“We’re all in this boat of wait- ing to hear where do the pools fit into this [for training],” said But-
ler, who is currently a coach with the Shoreline Aquatic Club, a USA Swim program in Madison. “We’ve been running different Zoom aerobics things, more of cross- fit training. They are completely optional. We’ll put out little video tutorials for the kids, whether it be pictures of the exercises we’re hoping they can do. If you want to stay in shape, here are some sug- gestions we can offer to you.”
But it’s limiting.
“When we get the go ahead, we’re going to have such strict re- quirements on the number of par-
ticipants in a group,” Butler said. “We’re thinking of waves of prac- tices. We might only be able to get six kids in a pool at a time.”
He said it will cut down on the total time of training for all the swimmers, possibly in half. He added it will probably take a month for the top level competi- tors to get into shape, so they are not going to hurt themselves or put themselves in jeopardy of in- juring something.
“It’s going to be a real chal- lenge,” Butler said.
Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) was founded in Roanoke, Virginia by a group of veterans and friends who took action to help the injured service men and women of this generation.
WWP began when several veterans and friends, moved by stories of the first wounded service members returning home from Afghanistan and Iraq, took action to help others in need. What started as a program to provide comfort items to wounded service members has grown into a complete rehabilitative effort to assist warriors as they recover and transition back to civilian life.
Tens of thousands of wounded warriors and caregivers receive support each year through WWP programs designed to nurture the mind and body, and encourage economic empowerment and engagement.
The WWP mission is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors who incur service-connected wounds, injuries and illnesses (physical or psychological) on or after September 11, 2001. Spouses or family members joining on behalf of a warrior may also be eligible.
The WWP vision is to foster the most successful, well- adjusted generation of wounded warriors in our nation’s history.
WWP’s purpose is to raise awareness and to enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members; to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other; and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs.
Nike Representative Kevin Harper assists wounded war- rior and member of Team Semper Fi, Marine Corps Cpl. Dustin Fleming
 Established in 2003 in Roanoke, Virginia; relocated to Jacksonville, Florida in 2006 where the Sacrifice Center services at the Florida headquarters; additional program offices are located in New York City, San Antonio, San Diego and Washington, D.C.
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