In the 1930’s, Camp Ak-O-Mak expanded its program to include more than “just” swimming. The other sports, Matt argued, would only enhance the swimmers’ endurance, strength and fortitude. Matt encouraged many of his University of Michigan colleagues to join him at the camps to coach their respective sports. More than half the Michigan coaching staff spent all or part of their summers at Camps Chikopi & Ak-O-Mak, including the future athletic directors of Nebraska, Indiana, Miami and Penn State.
Camp Ak-O-Mak continued to expand its programs to include numerous other sports. The camp also expanded programs to cater to all children, not just competitive swimmers. The swimming program, however, remains strong – and one of the world’s finest to this day. Mann’s philosophy about Chikopi & Ak-O-Mak was centered around cross-training activities that enhanced the swimmer’s competitive and physical edge.
In the 1950’s, Ak-O-Mak added competitive, flatwater canoeing and kayaking. Ak-O-Mak paddlers went on to capture numerous national titles at all levels of paddling. Marcia Jones Smoke became Ak-O-Mak’s most decorated international paddler, paddling in the 1968 Mexico City Olympic Games.