Friday, October 10, 2014

Painted Swim Team Keds

Painted Swim Team Keds

So this Saturday is the State Meet for James Island Charter High school. I am the assistant swim coach and decided I needed some cool shoes to wear to the meet.  I found these "Ked" like shoes at
Walmart for only $5ish and thought they would be perfect to paint. 

I used acrylic paint and painted over where I had drawn in pencil the design I wanted.  I used the design from our tank tops we got a while back as my inspiration for the logo and font.  The word "HONK" on the back is something the swimmers yell at meet when cheering.  It's from a motivational speech the coach reads every year at practice. 

After letting them dry, I sprayed them with Modge Podge glossy sealant.  For the laces, I took the white laces out and added ribbon that was the same length in blue and orange. Total cost for this project was less than $10.  So excited to wear them to the meet!

If you are interested in the Lessons from Geese Speech, here it is, author is unknown, but feel free to use!

Lesson 1 - The Importance of Achieving Goals
As each goose flaps its wings it creates an UPLIFT for the birds that follow. By flying in a 'V' formation the whole flock adds 71 percent extra to the flying range.

When we have a sense of community and focus, we create trust and can help each other to achieve our goals.

Lesson 2 - The Importance of Team Work

When a goose falls out of formation it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of flying alone. It quickly moves back to take advantage of the lifting power of the birds in front.
If we had as much sense as geese we would stay in formation with those headed where we want to go. We are willing to accept their help and give our help to others.

Lesson 3 - The Importance of Sharing
When a goose tires of flying up front it drops back into formation and another goose flies to the point position.


It pays to take turns doing the hard tasks. We should respect and protect each other's unique arrangement of skills, capabilities, talents and resources.

Lesson 4 - The Importance of Empathy and Understanding

When a goose gets sick, two geese drop out of formation and follow it down to the ground to help and protect it.


If we have as much sense as geese we will stand by each other in difficult times, as well as when we are strong.

Lesson 5 - The Importance of Encouragement
Geese flying in formation 'HONK' to encourage those up front to keep up with their speed.
We need to make sure our honking is encouraging. In groups and teams where there is encouragement, production is much greater. 'Individual empowerment results from quality honking'

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