- July 25, 2019, 4:30pm to 9:00pm, the 2019 Greater Lansing Area Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony: The Greater Lansing Area Sports Hall of Fame is proud to announce the Class of 2019. Eight individuals, several teams and our Dick Letts Community Service Award winners will be honored at the 44th annual Induction Dinner to be held at the Lansing Center on Thursday, July 25, 2019. Tickets and reservations are $35/person, we hope you are able to join as I celebrate being honored and inducted this coming July!
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Staudt on Sports (April 2019): Joining mid-Michigan sports icons, Tim Staudt and Bob Every, on The Game 730AM radio, Melissa talked about open water swimming, growing up in Holt, and the Greater Lansing Area Sports Hall of Fame induction this coming July. Listen live on The Game 730AM website across the country or download the mobile app for future shows and replays!
Women of the Open Water 2 – Awakening the Dolphin Within (March 2019). What a privilege to host the amazing women on the panel, who shared their journey and knowledge with others. The discussion was vibrant and at times filled with the raw grit and emotion that comes with being a marathon swimmer. Helping others expand their minds and potential, tips and techniques where shared to help swimmers of all abilities achieve their dreams and athletic passions.
Thinkspace Grit+Resilience in Seattle (August 2018). I was super excited to speak about open water swimming, balancing professional success and personal passion, and how my journey to the Triple Crown parallels the entrepreneurial spirit at Thinkspace this past August. There are a lot of parallels between open water swimming at the sponsored level and being an entrepreneur. It as great to share and converse with others about the fear in beginning something new, something untested, and what is needed to build a successful brand. As always, it was fun, open and honest! Take a look at the event playback on the Thinkspace Facebook page!
Boldly Went, Outdoor Adventure 3 Ways (June 2017). I was thrilled to be selected to speak at the June Boldly Went show night and share my story, insights and motivation behind the pursuit of the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming. Watch the Boldly Went podcast to learn more about my Catalina Channel recap, lessons learned, and why open water marathon swimming, similar to many of our ultra endurance adventures, is much more than a solo event.
Women of the Open Water, A Panel Discussion (March 2017). An amazing event hosted by Say Yes to Life Swims, the Northwest’s only business providing Escorted Open Water Swim Adventures, at C&P Coffee Company. Watch the replay of the event on YouTube, learn about why we love water, our past experiences on our epic swims, and what we want people to know about why we swim. Four fantastic women, four unique swims, four individual perspectives, one love.
December 23, 2016: What an epic event, read blog post The 100x100s Swimtacular Fundraiser Recap: A Day of Smiles, Swimming and Friends to re-live all the excitement!
THANK YOU to everyone who attended the swim, did satellite swims, or donated for my English Channel swim. Swimtacular participants, satellite swimmers, deck support and donors include the amazing: Jeannie, Stacy, Paul, Trev, Drew, Steve, Carol, Ariel, Mel, Ryan, David Streams, Linda & Ed, Caitlin, John and Cindy, Stan, Rocky, Hana, Scott, Amy & Jeff, Lisa, Brian, Paul & Cara, Steve & Terri, Christine & Jeff, Amy, Lee-Lee, Guila, Andrew & Erika, Kate, Heidi, Daniel Henry, Mitchel, Ed, Kirsten, Jess, Anna, Becky, Brenda, Brittany, Shannon, Robert, Ray, Eric, Scot, Brian, Kristin, Kathy, Kelly & Tiff, Andrey & Belisa, Dan Rebecca, Deanna, and Matti.