The Autistic Swim Team that Proved Everyone Wrong

Three young men in swimming attire
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This week on the blog, I’m sharing information on an Autism Awareness Month event. Avondale House is proud to host a free screening of the award-winning new documentary film Swim Team, which is an inspiring look at the rise of a competitive swim team of teens on the autism spectrum. 


Following three teammates on the cusp of adulthood, when government services become scarce, Swim Team is a portrait of diverse American families grappling with the problem of “aging out.” Over the course of a year, the film explores the overwhelming struggles they face and the triumphs they achieve as they strive for independence, inclusion and a life that feels winning.


The movie, directed by Lara Stolman, who has a 10-year-old son with autism, focuses on Mike and other members of the Jersey Hammerheads swim team, which was formed to cater to teens on the spectrum.


Swim Team was most recently screened in Austin at SXSW; and now they’re excited to bring the experience to the Houston audience. If you’re interested, you can learn more about Swim Team at the film’s webpageThe movie has been featured in the press in recent months, including articles in the New York Post, Columbia College Today and the Hollywood Reporter.


Avondale House will be screening this film on Friday, April 14 at 6:00pm at the Children’s Museum of Houston. While the event is free and open to the public, seating is limited so attendees must please RSVP here.


If you’re interested in sharing the word, feel more than free to pass along this information. If you would also like to promote the event on social media, you can contact Alyssa Purcell, Development Coordinator at Avondale House at for more information. 


More info here: Swim Team Film Screening

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