The Small family has been an integral part of Glen Cove for years, participating in swim team and volunteering for our Club. Their son, Andrew, was diagnosed with an incurable brain tumor on May 12, 2010, and he had surgery the following day.
After six weeks of radiation, he was ready for Glen Cove Swim Team. As a testament to his indomitable strength and joy for life, Andrew managed to be at practice almost every day and rarely missed a swim meet. Because he was so determined, he would quickly look around at the end of each race to see what place he finished.
His parents shared, “Andrew was always hopeful…not only to beat cancer, but to win his races. He’d never been the swimmer his sisters were, but that didn’t stop him from trying to do as well as them each time.” His teammates and Glen Cove families found Andrew to be giving and considerate beyond his years. He never complained about the battle he was fighting, rather he maintained a quiet awareness and presence. Andrew never gave up.
Although he was only 11 years old when he left us, Andrew truly lived a fulfilling life. To honor his enduring spirit, the Andrew Small Award is given to a male swimmer who best represents Andrew’s enduring qualities of determination, strength, hope and love.