MOULTRIE, GA (WALB) - A small diving well that started on a family farm in Moultrie over 60 years ago is now known as a world-renowned tourist venue.
It all started with Moose Moss and his wife building a diving well on their farm right outside of Moultrie six decades ago.
Fast forward to 1994, a new Moss Farms Diving Well was opened to give kids a better chance to compete in international competitions.
People from all across the world showed up, even seven Olympic teams in 1996.
"He knew that diving was a unique venue and that sports tourism was a way that he could enhance the community and open doors for kids," said Moss Farms Diving Well Owner Rick Moss.
Those open doors gave over 50 athletes and coaches a chance to hone in skills they later used at top universities.
"Moose Moss just left an incredible place behind. And there's really no place like it," said CFO and Assistant Coach John Fox.
The diving well was voted best facility in the world in 1993 and today, it's one of the top three outdoor facilities in the country.
It has won every possible award and is also known for creating the best young talent and is successful because of the support from Moultrie.
"Without their community support, and the support of our corporate sponsors at our hospital and other banks, and all of those supporters over the years, without those, we would not exist," said Moss.
Now, the staff at Moss Farms Diving Well said they are committed to building more young talent for years to come.
They train over 40 kids a day to become the best in the world at diving with the state of the art dry land training center and two swimming pools.