Swimming Program

The LNP Swimming Program is a project lead by student volunteers who attend Mount Vernon Presbyterian School. 

The program came to be as a result of the teen volunteers deciding to dedicate their year-long "IProject" to providing a service their local community as they discovered there was a need for one of this nature. 


The program is lead by a devoted group of students; Connor Hughes, James McGuire, Steven Butz, and AJ Whitney. These students identified the need for a swimming program and acted on it. Background research according to the CDC, shows that Latino and African American children are 3 times more likely to drown than that of their white counterparts. Of Latino children in the US, 60% never learn how to swim. A few swim lessons between ages 1 and 4 has been shown to reduce the risk of drowning by 88% in these children. 

The project goals are: to schedule monthly lessons for the children, to obtain a permanent location for hosting lessons, to plan the logistics of funds and transportation, and to provide at least 75 children with lessons. 

We are very happy that this partnership between LNP and this group of Volunteers was able to come to fruition! 


We can't wait to see the progress our students and their coaches make!

Volunteer coaches

AJ Whitney

A senior at Mount Vernon Presbyterian School, AJ has been a member of that scholastic family for almost 15 years. On campus, he is a member of the Cross Country, Swim, and Tennis teams, as well as the President of the Mount Vernon Chapter of the National Honor Society and am involved student ambassador, providing potential families with tours and information. Outside of the classroom, he has heavily participated in the Boy Scouts of America in Troop 463, serving as both a Senior Patrol Leader, BSA Lifeguard and Philmont Trek Leader. He obtained the nationally recognized rank of Eagle Scout this past September, completing his project around Gailey Hall on MVPC’s campus along with two other Eagle scouts, Connor Hughes and James McGuire. He hopes to attend Duke University in the fall of 2017 and looks forward to studying Spanish and Biology.

Connor Hughes

A senior at Mount Vernon and member of Mount Vernon Presbyterian Church, Connor Hughes is a 4 year member of the varsity swim team. In addition to swimming, Connor also plays for the Mount Vernon varsity baseball team and runs for the Mount Vernon cross country team. During school hours, he currently serves as the Chess Club Vice President and is a Student Ambassador. Outside of school, Connor is an accomplished Eagle Scout and certified lifeguard. Next year, he hopes to attend Tulane University or Wake Forest University, wanting to study Economics or Political Science.

James McGuire

A Senior at Mount Vernon and member of Mount Vernon Presbyterian Church, James McGuire is a 4 year member of the Varsity Swim team and two time volunteer at the Los Ninos Primero La Fiesta in the Park.

Outside of school, James competes on the National Travel team at the Dynamo Swim Club and is an Eagle Scout. Next year, he plans on attending Miami University of Ohio or Kenyon College studying either Business Analytics or Economics.

Steven Butz

A 15-year student at Mount Vernon Presbyterian School, now a senior, Steven Butz has swam for the Mount Vernon varsity swim team for 7 consecutive years. Steven is also a member of the varsity cross country and track teams, as well as a member of the high school band. Outside of school, he is a certified lifeguard employed at Sears Pool Management Consultants, Inc., and he is a current Eagle scout candidate. Steven has previously volunteered at Los Niños Primero La Fiesta in the Park. After graduation, he hopes to attend University of Virginia, Georgia Institute of Technology, or North Carolina State University.