Jim Ellis is a member of the board of directors of the International Swimming Hall of Fame
and the subject of recently released film PRIDE
, a biopic which tells the story of a swim coach and youth mentor who built a successful swimming program in one of Philadelphia’s most impoverished neighborhoods in the 1970s. When Ellis founded the P.D.R. swim team in 1971, it was a time when the lives of young African-American teens in Philadelphia were often full of hardship and prejudice. The film shows this uplifting and soulful story of Ellis’ journey that pulled together a group of troubled inner-city kids, made them into a dedicated team, and taught them how to overcome adversity through hard work and determination. Ellis has sent hundreds of inner city boys and girls to college on swimming scholarships and is one of the leading figures in the world of swimming.