Oakland man combines social justice with swimming


An Oakland man is merging social justice with swimming, through the Oaklantis swim team and swim school.

The founder and coach, Scott Thompson, grew up swimming competitively through college. When he moved to Oakland 10 years ago, he said he wanted to get more children in the pool. He called swimming a “vastly ‘white’ sport,” and said “the mission of our swim club is to expand swimming to places where it might otherwise not be.”

Thompson started Oaklantis, and now children from all over Oakland meet at Castlemont High School’s pool, year-round.




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