What would you do if your community gave up on your child?
In New Jersey, the parents of a boy on the autism spectrum take matters into their own hands. They form a competitive swim team, recruiting diverse teens on the spectrum and training them with high expectations and zero pity. The Jersey Hammerheads is the Special Olympics swimming team Michael McQuay founded with his wife, Maria, inspired by their son Mikey.
Mikey, one of the Hammerheads’ stars, is among the three principal subjects of SWIM TEAM a documentary by Lara Stolman. The others are 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, the documentary follows the challenges they 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.
SWIM TEAM chronicles the extraordinary rise of the Jersey Hammerheads, capturing a moving quest for inclusion, independence and a life that feels winning.
To Level the Playing Field, They had to Get in The Water
SWIM TEAM chronicles the overwhelming struggles and extraordinary triumphs of 3 young athletes with autism and shows how this New Jersey swim team can bring hope to a community.
Sunday, August 27 - 3PM
THIS FUNDRAISER IS FREE TO THE PUBLIC
Accepting Donations for
Autism NJ & Sussex YMCA
Audience Award Lighthouse International Film Festival
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