Congratulations to our 2018 Alumnae Spirit of Service Award Recipient – Beth Porch Scruggs '75
The National Advisory Council has selected Beth Porch Scruggs '75 as the recipient of the Alumnae Spirit of Service Award for her hard work and dedication with the Nashville Dolphins. Beth started volunteering for Special Olympics Tennessee as Aquatics Director, and for over 20 years, she ran their state swim meet. Knowing all the health and safety benefits of swimming, she saw firsthand the unmet need for swim programs for individuals with intellectual disabilities in Nashville. She founded the Nashville Dolphins in 2003 and the rest is history! She currently serves as the Executive Director, and today the Nashville Dolphins has over 200 children and adults with disabilities in their programs and utilizes six indoor pools in the area for their classes and practices.
There is no cost to any swimmer to participate. Because swimming is such a healthy sport for all ages, Beth has made sure the Dolphins never has an age-out policy, so they will only keep growing. Thankfully, she now has countless volunteers who give their time and an incredible staff who help her run all the programs. Over the years, thanks to Beth's dedication and persistent fundraising, the Nashville Dolphins has evolved into so much more than just a swim team; it is a community. Participants have the opportunity to be a part of a team and to develop lifelong friendships with teammates and volunteers. The team competes in the Special Olympics, and every year they travel out-of-state for a weekend competition where they scream cheers, play tricks on the coaches, support each other, and get to experience the joys of being on a team just like other typical athletes. In addition to swimming, they have several social events for participants to enjoy each other away from the pool. The Nashville Dolphins swimmers also give back to the community. Members from the swim team serve meals at the Nashville Rescue mission each month. Not only has Beth created a program that gives much to its participants, she instills in them the power of giving back.
Beth's compassion allows her to see the abilities and strengths in everyone. No obstacles is too big for her to tackle. Because of her vision, her passion, her leadership and her generosity, Beth has made a tremendous impact on the community and personifies the spirit of service.
Beth will be featured in our upcoming Hallways magazine which is due in homes at the end of April. Harpeth Hall looks forward to honoring Beth at the Alumnae Spirit of Service Award Assembly and reception on Friday, April 6.