A Brainerd swimmer is working on completing his Olympic dream while helping others. Brainerd High School and University of Minnesota Graduate Jared Anderson is using his gift in the water to bring fresh water to people in El Salvador.
Anderson has received All-America Honorable Mention honors for a 10th place finish in the 100 meter breast stroke at the NCAA national tournament. He competed in the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials and currently trains to qualify for the National Team.
Unfortunately, the training prevented Anderson from joining his brother Trent on a mission trip to Shutia, El Salvador in March.
One of the largest problems the people of Shutia face is a severe lack of clean water.
Trent developed the idea that the brothers could host swim camps and donate the money toward building a well in Shutia.
The well costs about $15,000. The Andersons hope to make a sizable dent by raising $5,000.
Jared Anderson holds Brainerd High School records in the 200 individual medley, the 200 medley relay, and the 100 meter breast stroke.
He has returned to Brainerd to pass on his wisdom to kids who may someday break his record.
The hometown has shown outstanding support for Anderson’s mission.
Anderson has also started a Dreamfuel account to help fund his trip the U.S. National team qualifiers. Half of the money raised will buy school supplies and clothing for the children of Shutia.
To learn more about Anderson’s mission, visit the website Jaredandersonswimming.com or e-mail [email protected]
- Lakeland News