The Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh will name its Masters swim team program in memory of James “Jimmy” Goldman.
The program will be called the Jimmy Goldman Masters Swim Team Program.
Goldman was the lead architect of the JCC’s flagship Irene Kaufmann Building in Squirrel Hill and the aquatics center designer at both the JCC South Hills and Emma Kaufmann Camp.
He also co-founded the Masters swim team program that began at the JCC’s Henry Kaufmann Family Park in Monroeville.
Through contributions from Goldman’s family and friends, the JCC will support needed renovations to the pool at the Monroeville Family Park, where JCC Masters swimmers train during the summer months, according to JCC officials.
The Jimmy Goldman Masters Swim Team Program will begin meeting at the Family Park pool beginning May 28, with the renovation project scheduled for this fall.
“The Goldman family is thrilled that Jimmy’s legacy will be forever linked to his love for the JCC and his desire that individuals of all ages will share Jimmy’s passion for swimming,” said Richard Goldman, Jimmy’s Goldman’s brother.
“Born under the astrological sign Pisces, it is no wonder that Jimmy took to the water at an early age,” Jimmy Goldman’s wife, Susie Goldman, said. “He competed in high school and college and then took an active role in Masters swimming. If he saw you in the JCC pool and if you could swim two lengths, he assured you that you would love swimming for the JCC Masters swimming program. Our family is so pleased that the program will now bear his name.”
The aquatics renovations are aligned with a $2.046 million Redevelopment Assistance Capital Project state grant awarded to the JCC, according to a press release. “The dollar-for-dollar matching grant will support physical improvements at the Monroeville Family Park, which also is the site of the JCC’s largest summer program day camp program. The day camp is committed to increasing its impact to serve a more neurodivergent school age child population throughout Allegheny County. The impact of the site redevelopment will be transformative in terms of the JCC’s ability to create a more inclusive day camp environment and for larger community development opportunities.”
The JCC is “approaching 50% of the way toward the match that supports the redevelopment of the Monroeville Family Park facility that Jimmy truly loved,” said Brian Schreiber, JCC president and CEO. PJC