Firestone Swimming Program Celebrates Golden Anniversary

(Photo from left, Leonard Firestone, Harvey Firestone, Roger Firestone and Raymond Firestone at the 1963 Firestone Natatorium dedication)

(Photo from left, Leonard Firestone, Harvey Firestone, Roger Firestone and Raymond Firestone at the 1963 Firestone Natatorium dedication)

An Akron institution that has spawned local, state, national and Olympic champs is celebrating its 50th anniversary. The pool at Firestone High School opened in October 1963, a gift to the community from the Firestone brothers. Since then, hundreds of students have spent their high school years going to early-morning swim practices and dealing with chlorine-damaged hair. Along the way, dozens became All Americans; and a select few earned Olympic medals. The team earned national high school swimming titles in 2000 and 2002. To mark this significant occasion, swimming and diving alumni, parents, supporters and all in the community are invited to the Firestone High Aquatic Association’s Golden Anniversary Bash, the annual fundraising gala for the Firestone Swimming and Diving Team. The event is Jan. 25 from 6-11 p.m. at St. George’s Fellowship Hall, 3204 Ridgewood Road. A reverse raffle will award $2,000 in cash prizes, and there will also be silent and live auctions of items generously donated by sponsors and businesses in the community. The event also includes appetizers, dinner, open bar and dessert. Tickets are $75 with an additional dinner only (no raffle ticket) priced at $25. For tickets, contact Joanna at jtmanz@gmail.com.