Unlike many athletes of her caliber, Missy Franklin stays true to her humble roots. She is as dedicated to her family, faith and friends as she is to her sport – a true role model for not only children, but adults as well. We at SafeSplash consider working with children a true honor. We strive to give not only the gift of a life skill through teaching swim lessons, but to also surround our schools with people who are dedicated to doing good and those who will be someone to look up to.
"I've grown up around the water." A term I've heard thrown around a lot in my life by friends, family, acquaintances. Of course, all referring to the idea that they spent so much time on the river, or a lake, or the ocean (especially my Californian friends). Yet when I utter this phrase, I am referring to my connected, almost familial relationship to the pool.
Making a difference in the lives of other people is my passion in life; the ultimate wellbeing of individuals. In pursuing that passion, I recently graduated from Wayne State University’s (WSU) Masters of Social Work (M.S.W.) program. My ultimate career goal with my degree is to become a school social worker and work with children in a K-8 educational system. My ultimate desire as a school social worker is helping students have a wonderful experience in school such as academic success and strong interpersonal relationships with peers and faculty members. I am passionate about giving back to the community in order to help students and families in general, as well as overcoming other issues such as poverty. In addition to becoming a school social worker, I am passionate about swimming and water safety.
Throughout my ten years of competitive swimming I have learned a very important lesson, which is never let the people around you make you underestimate yourself.
By just looking at me, you would not be able to understand
how much I’ve gone through in a short period of time. The amount of stress, anxiety, and depression I have hidden deeply and secretly fell into. That was until I joined my high school’s swim team my freshman year. I was the shy girl who did not open up to anyone but the few friends I had known for years. Swimming changed that for me.