Four-time Olympic gold medalist Dana Vollmer teamed up with letterer and illustrator Jessica Hische to create her limited edition swim cap for Speedo USA. The design comes from – and celebrates – the heart and Dana’s own personal history of overcoming a life-threatening heart condition to become a World Champion swimmer. A leading advocate for heart health awareness, proceeds from Vollmer’s cap will benefit the Simon’s Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about the conditions that lead to sudden cardiac arrest and death in children and young athletes. “To put the heart first was a concept that I really liked,” said Vollmer about her cap design. “The heart is right there on the front – it’s what leads you, and everything else kind of flows in behind that.”
Olympic gold medalist and swim safety advocate Cullen Jones teamed up with Jolby & Friends, a collaborative creative studio based in Portland, Oregon, to design a swim cap for those who “dare to be different.” Each side of Jones’ cap is unique, inspired by vintage sailor tattoos and Jones’ strong, determined attitude with Cullen’s personal motto of “Dare to be Different” printed on one side. His favorite number, 41, is printed on the other as a subtle tribute to Jones’ father whose basketball jersey number was 41. Jones’ cap benefits the USA Swimming Foundation’s Make a Splash Initiative, which saves lives by providing swimming lessons to children across the United States, regardless of their ability to pay. After nearly drowning at the age of five, Jones has worked throughout his career to help reduce the drowning rate among minority youth in the U.S., working closely with the USA Swimming Foundation, and promoting diversity in the sport. “I love the idea of Art of the Cap just because we get to express ourselves,” said Jones. “It was a chance to express all the different things that I like in my life and found important – and made me who I am.”
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Just like the Christmas song, the 12 days of fitness is an accumulating Challenge in which you start day 1 with 1 exercise and finish on day 12 with a circuit of 12 exercises! 1st Day of fitness: 1 minute plank 2nd Day of fitness: 2 minute wall squat 3rd Day of fitness: 3 minute bridge 4th Day of fitness: 4 burpees 5th Day of fitness: 5 star jumps 6th Day of fitness: 6 push ups 7th Day of fitness: 7 mountain climbers 8th Day of fitness: 8 squats 9th Day of fitness: 9 chair dips 10th Day of fitness: 10 tuck jumps 11th Day of fitness: 11 lunges 12th Day of fitness: 12 crunches
Natalie Coughlin, the most decorated U.S. female Olympian of all time, and Adhemas Batista, a Brazilian artist whose innovative illustrations and designs feature bold, beautiful colors, created a lyrical swim cap inspired by Natalie’s love of the ocean. A California girl through and through, Coughlin grew up near the water and her cap’s wave-like design and colors reflect her love for swimming and her passion for the environment. Coughlin is a long-time supporter of Right to Play, a global organization that uses sports to educate and empower children facing adversity; proceeds from Coughlin’s limited edition Speedo swim cap will go to the organization, which reaches one million children in regular weekly activities, teaching them critical life skills that affect positive, sustainable change. “I thought Art of the Cap was such a fantastic idea,” said Coughlin. “Not only does it help us give back to our charities but it gives us a creative outlet.”