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Gold Rush

2012-08-01, Department

Public and military recreation programs create Olympians.Lauren Kintzing, 23

Boulder, Colorado
2012 Paralympian
Paralympic Swimming/400-meter freestyle

"Growing up I was always active and involved in sports. It wasn't until I was 8 that I joined a summer league swim team through the Boulder Rec Centers, which then led to me getting involved in a private club year-round swim....

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Thank you NRPA and the athletes above for sharing these stories. We all know what parks and recreation does, but the public doesn't always. Please share these through your Facebook page too (maybe one a day), so we can help spread the good word.