The leading character, Sandy Scott, a strong swimmer, leaves his home in the mountains of Western North Carolina and enters college in California to learn the sport of water polo. Six years later, he returns home and revives a defunct water polo program at his local YMCA, working with young eleven- and twelve-year-olds. The book follows his trials and tribulations as he takes his team of boys and girls to tournaments in Pennsylvania and Colorado. There is a family element in the story as well as a secondary love interest. Although fictional, the novel is based on some of the author's actual experiences.
Chuck Hines, an All-America athlete in his younger days, enjoyed a 40-year career with the YMCA, during which he taught 15,000 children to swim and coached numerous national champions, some of whom became gold, silver, and bronze medalists in Olympic and World competition. He received recognition from the YMCA as a Distinguished Director of Physical Education; was inducted into the Western North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame; earned the Western North Carolina Humanitarian award; and carried the Olympic Torch. In this book, he recounts his YMCA adventures and explains why it is such a cherished and popular international organization.
Chuck Hines enjoyed a 40-year career with the YMCA, during which he developed the YMCA's national whitewater kayaking program and received the Distinguished Director of Physical Education award. He paddled rivers from the Carolinas to Canada and from West Virginia to Wyoming. In the process, he won the Southeastern Masters whitewater slalom championship, coached numerous national titlists and international competitors, and earned Hall of Fame honors. He served as president of the Nantahala Racing Club, guiding the Rhinos to four U.S. championships. For his volunteer efforts at the Atlanta Olympic Games, he was given a gold medallion, and the Chuck Hines Cup is presented annually to the winning whitewater team at the Junior Olympics. In this book, he shares his kayaking adventures and memories with those interested in reading about the excitement of riding the rapids and the wacky, wonderful world of Whitewater Wanderings.