At Saint Andrew’s School, the aquatics program led by Director and Head Swim Coach, Sid Cassidy stands out for its state and national accomplishments and its service to the community.
On Saturday, April 7, Saint Andrew's School welcomed the Mac Crutchfield Foundation along with Olympic gold medalists Ryan Lochte and Caeleb Dressel to the Duff Tyler Aquatics Complex to provide aquatics/drowning prevention clinics to youth in the area. The Mac Crutchfield Foundation honors the life and passion of Mac Crutchfield; Mac tragically passed while playing in a downpour near his home. Mac was a dedicated and accomplished swimmer on the Area Tallahassee Aquatic Club team.
The Mac Crutchfield Foundation’s admirable mission is to provide free swim lessons to residents of communities in need. Saint Andrew's very own Assistant Swim Coach, Quinn Cassidy ‘13 has partnered with swimming buddy, olympian Caeleb Dressel, in support of the Mac Crutchfield Foundation. Both are former Gator teammates. Many other notable athletes including Ryan Lochte also joined the cause to support education towards drowning prevention.
These elite swimmers and a host of coaches including SA’s Sid and Kara Cassidy have given time and talent to the Mac Crutchfield Foundation when it was held in Tallahassee, Gainesville, and Windermere. “While attending the event last year, my wife Kara became so inspired by the cause that she offered to co-chair this year's event with Shawn Zenga - a longtime friend and also the personal manager for Ryan Lochte,” said Sid Cassidy.
The Cassidy family has formed strong bonds with gold medalists Ryan and Caeleb’s families through coaching and swimming over the past four decades. This is part of what brought these Olympians to Saint Andrew’s School for this incredible opportunity for kids.
“Ultimately it was Head of School, Ethan Shapiro who opened up our facilities in an act of support and kindness, in turn, making Saint Andrew’s involvement possible,” said Sid Cassidy.
The Mac Crutchfield foundation event allows SA to give back to the community in many ways. “Not only does it bring in these stars to inspire young athletes, but it also supports causes like this that provide to those less fortunate,” Cassidy offered.
“Certainly, we are blessed in so many ways with our facilities and our people and having the chance to share these gifts to better our community,” he added.
Saint Andrew’s is very proud of Cassidy’s involvement with the Mac Crutchfield Foundation and honored to bring Olympians to the pool deck. It shows that the mind, body, spirit mindset of SA runs deep - in and out of the pool.