About Us

City of Atlanta Dolphins History

A proud legacy continues.

The City of Atlanta Dolphins Swim Team is a program of the Department of Parks Recreation and Cultural Affairs. The City of Atlanta Dolphins Swim Team was founded in 1984 by Aquatic Program Manager Askia Bashir.

The team was composed of nine swimmers. The team was formed to provide an organized and structured competitive swim program that offers year-round instruction and competition for inner city youth. However, since 1984, the competitive program has expanded its goals to include training and strategy for members to secure athletic or academic scholarship.

Each year graduating team members receive financial support through athletic or academic scholarships. A number of team members have attended and graduated from the Air Force Academy, Emory University, Florida A&M University, Howard University, North Carolina A&T University Albany State University and Stanford University. Several students are now attending, North Carolina A&T, University, North Carolina University, Georgia Southern University, Albany State University, Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse University, Georgia Tech , Duke University and others.