C. Walter Kadel

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Kadel was Director of Physical Education for Wilmington public schools for 33 years, during which he also developed swimming programs for the YMCA and for the schools. He sent Wilmington High
School teams to national swimming championship competition, which they won in 1928. He started swimming and tumbling teams in city elementary schools. Kadel also supervised the Prices Run Park pool,
where he started model sailboat racing and an ice rink. During World War I, he was physical education director at the Army’s Camp Nitro, West Virginia, and Fort Jackson, South Carolina. The Eastern
District Physical Education Society honored him in 1954, and the Delaware Association for Health; Physical Education and Recreation has named a scholarship for him. C. Walter Kadel was known as “Mr.
Swimming” in Wilmington.



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