YMCA Healthy Kids® Day

Meet Nelson Vargas

Changing lives, one swimsuit at a time

Nelson Vargas spent many years swimming in his native Mexico. Not just swimming — competing at the highest level as a member of the Mexican national swim team. The water has always been a big part of who he is, and it seems to run in the family; his brother competed for Mexico as part of national water polo team.

Since those days swimming for his native country, he has founded an aquatic apparel business, Q Swimwear, with his brother, and has moved back and forth from Mexico to the U.S. Of course, he’s still swimming, now as part of the Mission Valley YMCA Masters Swim program. But Nelson wasn’t satisfied just "swimming."

After morning practices with the masters program, Nelson would see dozens of kids from two Linda Vista elementary schools — part of the Y’s Physical Education Outreach program — shuttling in and out of the indoor pool at Mission Valley. Unfortunately, many of them are unable to afford bathing suits, so he watched as kids learned to swim in cut jeans, shorts, pants, etc. Perhaps seeing himself in these young, overwhelmingly Hispanic youth, Nelson wanted to make sure these young people had the proper tools to learn swimming and, hopefully, excel. So without being asked or approached, he donated more than 450 Q Swimwear youth swimsuits of all sizes, which are being distributed in conjunction with Carson Elementary School. — posted 4/12

Thank you, Nelson, for your generosity
and your commitment to our community.