Sakamoto s Swim Club

Sakamoto had a dream — and he would need his swimmers' commitment to make it Finally, in 1948 London, Sakamoto's impossible dream came true. Standing in the bleachers, with the crowd cheering wildly, the Three-Year Swim Club's own Bill ...


Author: Julie Abery

Publisher: Kids Can Press Ltd

ISBN: 9781525300318

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 40

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Lyrically told true story of the teacher who coached Hawaiian swimmers to Olympic glory. When the children of workers on a 1930s Maui sugar plantation were chased away from playing in the nearby irrigation ditches, local science teacher Soichi Sakamoto had an idea. He would take responsibility for the children and train them to swim. Using his science background, Sakamoto developed a strict practice regime for the kids, honing their skills and building their strength and endurance. They formed a team and began to dominate events, first nationally and then internationally — until they made it all the way to Olympic gold! Told in simple rhyme, Sakamoto’s story will inspire athletes, coaches — and everyone who believes impossible dreams can come true.

The Three Year Swim Club

Upon realizing so, the communities of which Sakamoto was a part rallied on his behalf. On both Maui and Oahu, groups announced fund drives to raise money for Sakamoto's ticket to London. At the U of H, the Footballers' Club began to ...


Author: Julie Checkoway

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781408707883

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 432

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In 1937 an ordinary school teacher on the island of Maui took a group of under privileged children, most of Japanese ancestry, and trained them to become Olympic swimmers. He called his plan the 'Three-Year Swim Club' and he succeeded in producing true American heroes whose story has never been told. None of the barefoot children had ever laid eyes on a pool. Their only experience in water was playing naked in the filthy irrigation ditches that snaked down from the mountains and into the sugar cane fields. And the coach knew nothing about coaching and couldn't swim a lap to save his life. But, against all odds, and during a period of history marked by virulent racism and the Second World War, the children embarked on an unlikely path that led them to become celebrated swimmers from LA to London, and real-life American heroes.

Hawai i Sports

In 1936 , Puunene Elementary science teacher Soichi Sakamoto started the three - year swim club . Sakamoto had already coached volleyball , basketball , and track at the school and decided to try swimming . His goal was to train Hawaii ...


Author: Dan Cisco

Publisher: University of Hawaii Press

ISBN: 0824821211

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 651

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Traces the history of Hawaiian sports and lists local records

From Bent to Mixed Plate

“ Coach ” and the Three - Year Swim Club NO QB 3188 WITH THE SWIMMERS ONIn the plantation town of Pu'unene , on the island of Maui , a young science teacher named Soichi Sakamoto grew concerned about the lack of activities for the ...


Author: Karleen Chinen

Publisher: Japanese Amer National Museum

ISBN: UCSC:32106011281422

Category: Social Science

Page: 96

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Swimming World and Junior Swimmer

... Idaho ; Snake River Association Winter Championships , A - B 5 Fresno , Calif .; Fresno Swim Club sc B Meet 5 Fla . ... 3 ) 11-13 Maui , Hawaii ; Sakamoto AA Invitational 11-13 Shreveport , La .; Eighth Annual Polar Bear A - B Meet ...




ISBN: PSU:000063838305

Category: Swimming


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The Three Year Swim Club

Still, on the battlefield, they'd become the 20th century's most celebrated heroes, and in 1948, they'd have one last chance for Olympic glory. They were the Three-Year Swim Club. This is their story.


Author: Julie Checkoway

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781455523436

Category: History

Page: 448

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The New York Times bestselling inspirational story of impoverished children who transformed themselves into world-class swimmers. In 1937, a schoolteacher on the island of Maui challenged a group of poverty-stricken sugar plantation kids to swim upstream against the current of their circumstance. The goal? To become Olympians. They faced seemingly insurmountable obstacles. The children were Japanese-American and were malnourished and barefoot. They had no pool; they trained in the filthy irrigation ditches that snaked down from the mountains into the sugarcane fields. Their future was in those same fields, working alongside their parents in virtual slavery, known not by their names but by numbered tags that hung around their necks. Their teacher, Soichi Sakamoto, was an ordinary man whose swimming ability didn't extend much beyond treading water. In spite of everything, including the virulent anti-Japanese sentiment of the late 1930s, in their first year the children outraced Olympic athletes twice their size; in their second year, they were national and international champs, shattering American and world records and making headlines from L.A. to Nazi Germany. In their third year, they'd be declared the greatest swimmers in the world. But they'd also face their greatest obstacle: the dawning of a world war and the cancellation of the Games. Still, on the battlefield, they'd become the 20th century's most celebrated heroes, and in 1948, they'd have one last chance for Olympic glory. They were the Three-Year Swim Club. This is their story.

CLEAR Newsletter

RICE ROSES TAARIKH This tribute to Sakamoto features rare film and on location interviews with Coach Sakamoto and such ... of the Maui Three Year Swim Club and Coach Soichi Sakamoto who began training world class swim competitors in the ...




ISBN: CORNELL:31924001059439

Category: Industrial relations


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Aquatics Handbook

1965 U.S.A. JUNIOR MEN'S OUTDOOR SWIMMING AND DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS 2 3 $ Held at Jamestown , North Dakota , July 25 , 1965 100 ... Bill Tingley , Lakeside Swim Club , 10 : 10.7 ; 4. ... Sakamoto , Hawaiian Swim Club , 1 : 02.4 ; 3.


Author: Amateur Athletic Union of the United States


ISBN: PSU:000063838039

Category: Diving


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