OUR STORY

Our swim team started in 1999 as “Aquatic Rays Swim Club”. Elvin Foreman and Celeste Foreman were the founders. Motivated by their own struggles as African American competitive swimmers, their mission was to teach young PG county minorities how to swim competitively in a world where at the time they were told they did not belong. Their mother, Althea Foreman, would bring platters of home-cooked breakfast to the pool at every morning practice.
That is how they persuaded young minorities to get up at 5:30am to jump in a cold pool. When PG County residents could not afford swim team prices, Celeste and Elvin Foreman were coaching them for free while trying to pay pool fees out of their own personal funds. These two visionaries embraced the value of teaching low-income PG county youngsters how to swim and race rather than profiting from them.
Unfortunately, in 2005 they had to fold because they lacked the financial resources to continue paying pool fees. However, the story does not end there because Elvin Foreman, is the definition of perseverance. He restarted the team under the current name “Elite Rays Swim Club” or ERSC in 2008.

Upon Elvin Foreman’s retirement in 2019, his daughter Anise Foreman, took over ERSC with a new strategic organization and a solid financial plan. Along with her, another family swimmer, Caresse Hall, who is also Celeste Foreman’s daughter, joined the family tradition as a coach for the team in 2021. The club still honors the principles and values that inspired its founders. Engaging and assisting all swimmers in the metropolitan area to achieve their potential in competitive swimming and in life.

Althea Foreman

Althea Foreman

Aquatic Rays

Aquatic Rays

Elvin Foreman

Elvin Foreman

Daughter of (Celeste Foreman) Caresse Hall

Daughter of (Celeste Foreman) Caresse Hall

Elvin Foreman and (Daughter)Anise Foreman

Elvin Foreman and (Daughter)Anise Foreman

Aquatic Rays

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