Foundation Donates Blocks to Local Autism Center

2019 Masters Synchro ED Tupelo USSSF Board Members

Left to Right: Beth Borland, Foundation Trustee, Karen Rosolowski, Foundation President; Laquinia (Quanda) Trimble, Tupelo Aquatic Center; Adam Andrasko, USA Synchro Chief Executive Officer; Jeanne Struck, Foundation Secretary; Barbara McNamee, Foundation Trustee

The Autism Center of North Mississippi received the gift of 2,400 Duplo building blocks from the United States Synchronized Swimming Foundation during the US Masters Championship. The Duplo had been part of a fundraising event by the Foundation and were transported from St Louis to Memphis by a synchro coach from Mesa AZ.

Group Photo from 2019 Convention Event

Athletes from all four zones who built the towers representing each zone.

An employee of the Tupelo Aquatic Center, hosting the Masters, helped to make the connection. The Duplo building blocks will be used by children aged 2 to 6 as a part of play therapy.

By building “Towers of Power” the U.S. athletes created structures to represent each Zone; the Golden Gate Bridge, the St. Louis Arch, the Empire State Building and the Olympic Stadium in Atlanta. These colorful representations were to demonstrate the determination of U.S. athletes to work together to build strength and purpose in furthering the sport.

2019 Banquet Tower of Power

One of the Towers of Power from the 2019 USSSF Banquet. On top of the Tower is a plate of actual gold medals that were won at synchronized swimming competitions by USSSF President, Karen Rosolowski.