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By Kellee Jordan
Telegram Reporter 

The impact of Clarence Gatliff: The Swimming Legend


February 22, 2024

Swimmers; Sonny, Carl, Jack and Fred getting ready to dive into the pool

By the time I started swimming he was a legend, all of the older recreation coaches reverenced him. He was involved in many ice- breaking educational and recreation/sports activities in the state. He coached and mentored many of the black swim coaches around Detroit, including my high school swim coach, Ernie Rodgers at Northwestern High School. After his passing, around 1977 the Aquatics department of the city of Detroit paid homage to him, at the annual Gatliff Relays that was named in his honor, and was held at the Brewster Center, by presenting his wife with a dedication award. This Minori...

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