Registration Now Open for ORCA 2023 Summer Session

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (April 28, 2023) – The Oak Ridge City Aquatics (ORCA) program is currently accepting new swimmers for the 2023 summer session. Tryouts will be held Tuesday, May 16, and Thursday, May 18, from 4 to 5 p.m. for new swimmers.

The program is scheduled to begin June 5 and will run through July 29. Practices are held Monday through Thursday with morning and evening times available.

Children signing up for ORCA must be at least 6 years old. Teens under the age of 18 are also welcome. The only prerequisite is the ability to swim at least 50 yards freestyle unassisted. Swim team registration is available online at or at the Civic Center front desk. The swim team fee is $180 and includes a suit, swim cap and T-shirt.

For more information on aquatics programs and facilities, contact the Oak Ridge Recreation and Parks Department at (865) 425-3450 or visit

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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