“Swim Team” at the Ritz Theatre March 16

By  | March 14, 2018 | Filed under: News

SHEFFIELD– The Ritz Theatre in Sheffield will present the film ‘Swim Team’ on Friday, March 16, 2018 at 7 pm. a film by Lara Stolman.  After the film there will be a Meet the Director  with director Stolman.  Tickets are adult $8, student $5 and TVAA member $5.  Tickets will be available at door, online at tvaa.net  or call 256-383-0533

The parents of a boy on the autism spectrum form a competitive swim team, recruiting other teens on the spectrum and training them with high expectations and zero pity. Swim Team chronicles the extraordinary rise of three diverse young athletes, capturing a moving quest for inclusion, independence, and a life that feels winning.

Filmmaker Statement:

       When people ask me how I found the story of Swim Team, I say it found me. Children with developmental disabilities are routinely excluded from community activities, often as early as preschool. Being told “no,” – your child can’t be in the regular class, your child won’t keep up in little league, your child isn’t going to college – is something families caring for children with disabilities hear often.
     Since children on the spectrum are particularly prone to drowning, swimming is a crucial skill but it’s not easy to find appropriate teachers and programs willing to take on an autistic child. While exploring swim lessons for my own children, I stumbled upon the Jersey Hammerheads, an all-autistic team in formation and I was immediately struck by the energy and optimism of the families that were coming together to form the team. Some of the kids were teenagers and had never been on a sports team before. And some couldn’t yet swim.
Lara Stolman

Wheelchair & ADA accessible seating is available.
Call 256-383-0533 to reserve seating.

Media Release/Tennessee Valley Art Association 

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