TOWSON, Md. - Recently, the Tiger men's and women's swimming and diving teams visited the SEED School of Maryland to begin a partnership between the teams and 83 sixth grade students.

The SEED School is a public boarding college preparatory school with students from across the State of Maryland. Admission is selected by a lottery drawing of applications from need-based families. 

Students from SEED were paired up with their "Tiger Pals" and spent an afternoon getting to know each other. After starting the visit with an icebreaker game and some small group activities, the SEED students gave well-guided and informative tours of their campus and were very excited about showing the team their campus. 

A major highlight of the tour was visiting the dorms, which encompass a unique setup. Each dormitory floor has a designated college name/house and everyone agreed the "Towson House" was their favorite.  

The team also had the opportunity to see the classrooms and meeting rooms that are currently housed in trailers and the future academic buildings and athletic complex that may even include a pool.

The SEED School of Maryland is located on the grounds of what was formerly Southwestern High School. The former high school is undergoing extensive renovation to accommodate the students in this expanding charter school. The SEED School currently includes grades six through eight and will be adding a class each year until it serves students from grades 6-12. The 10-year old SEED School of Washington D.C. has been featured on CBS' "60 Minutes" and NBC's "The Today Show" and is featured along with other public charter schools in the recently released award winning documentary "Waiting for Superman." 97 percent of SEED high school graduates are accepted to four-year colleges and universities.

The Tigers are looking forward to hosting the SEED School students on the Towson campus on Wednesday, December 1. The SEED students will spend the day living the life of a Towson student-athlete. The outreach program is expected to grow during the Spring semester.  It is our hope that this outreach program will develop ongoing mentoring relationships between the Towson Swimmers and Divers and the SEED students.