Swim For the Future

By Fitter and Faster Staff

A message from David Arluck, Founder of Fitter and Faster Swim Camps:

In the days following September 11, 2001, I co-founded and became Chairman of the Andrew Fischer and Doug Irgang Memorial Scholarship at Asphalt Green in New York City. The scholarship and corresponding fund raiser called “Swim for the Future” was established in memory of teammates on my Masters Swim Team who were killed in the World Trade Center.

The funds are used to pay for deserving children in NYC to join the age group team at Asphalt Green and cover other expenses common to competitive swimming. 301 scholarships have been rewarded since 2001.

One of the very first recipients of this scholarship – Lia Neal – went on to become a two-time Olympian and attended Stanford University. She still competes today.

I’m proud to have used these absolutely horrible events as a catalyst to create some positivity for families who may not otherwise been able to join a swim team and impact society on a larger scale.

Steve Irgang, brother of Doug, who perished in the WTC speaks at the first Swim For the Future Event in NYC in November of 2001. Doug is pictured on the far right. Steven Fischer is pictured in the center closer to Steve Irgang (speaking).

From left: Olympians Christina Teuscher and Summer Sanders, member of NYPD choir, David Arluck and a USMS coach at Asphalt Green Kosta.











Like millions of other people, the attacks of September 11th remains a deep wound for me. At a time when I was looking for purpose after those horrible events, it was very fulfilling to work with other caring swimmers in New York City who were looking for a place to channel positive energy during a very difficult time.

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This is a flyer to promote the second annual Swim For The Future Event. It is framed and hanging in David Arluck’s office.