Autism swim challenge brings FSU swimmers and kids together

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FAIRMONT, W.Va. (WDTV) - For the past four weeks, the fairmont state swim team has worked with children in the area with autism to help them be more comfortable in pools.

This afternoon, these children had the chance to show their parents just how much they have progressed from the help of these college swimmers.

"It's really neat to see the relationships between the buddies and our swimmers," FSU swimming head coach Patrick Snively said. "You can see today that they've really connected with them, and it's a special experience."

Mari Jo Murray has two sons with autism that have benefitted from the help of the swim team. She says they have gained more confidence when it comes to the pool at their home.

"Honestly I'm not a strong swimmer," Murray said. "It makes me feel better knowing that they could save themselves if they fall in at the pool at home."

Both participants and members of the swim team gained an invaluable experience over the past month, and are looking forward to continuing their relationship with their buddy next year.