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Andrew Holder
(1988 - living) U.S.A.

Andrew Holder

Swimmer

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At Lewis & Clark College, Portland, Oregon, Holder is a member of Lewis & Clark's Dr. Robert B. Pamplin, Jr., Society of Fellows and a recipient of a Barbara Hirschi Neely Scholarship. He participated in Lewis & Clark's overseas study program to Scotland and completed a successful varsity swimming season, competing in the 100-yard breaststroke and the 100-yard backstroke.

He spends his summers teaching swimming to a wide range of children, including those who are poor or have physical or mental limitations. He also volunteered to clean up a low-income group home that was in danger of closing. The home served 35 residents, most of whom had been discharged from a state mental hospital.

He also plays the trumpet and sculpts. In addition, he helped initiate a substance abuse awareness media campaign for Southeast Caring Community, a Portland inner city group and recorded books for the visually impaired at the University of Montana.

In 2000, he wrote the following to the NCAA:

"Collegiate and professional athletics remain unsafe and unwelcoming for many gay and lesbian athletes: the locker rooms and playing fields of team sports are littered with homophobic rhetoric and a pervasive "don't ask don't tell" atmosphere. As a result, gay and lesbian student-athletes are encouraged to cloister their true selves, many hiding in shame and self-contempt from their coaches and teammates."

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