Documentary: Swim Team, April 29 at 3 pm

Swim Team Film Screening

Sunday, April 29 at 3:00 pm

The documentary “Swim Team” chronicles the overwhelming struggles and extraordinary triumphs of three young athletes with autism and shows how a swim team can bring hope to a community.

In New Jersey, the parents of a Mikey Mcquay, take matters into their own hands. Michael and Maria Mcquay form a competitive swim team, the Jersey Hammerheads, recruiting diverse teens on the spectrum and training them with high expectations and zero pity. In addition to Mikey, other featured swimmers include Robbie, who says he aspires to be faster than Michael Phelps, and Kelvin, who has Tourette’s syndrome in addition to autism.

Made over the course of two years, “Swim Team” follows the challenges the swimmers face, both personally and as a group. The movie also trails their parents, who raise their children — mostly teenagers — without a rule book, at times feeling isolated themselves, but finding camaraderie in one another. Free screening. Post film Q&A with Producer-Director Lara Stolman. Registration: kha@penningtonlibrary.org