Olympic champs throw a lifeline to poor kids who can’t swim
Olympic champs throw a lifeline to poor kids who can’t swim This June 2015 photo provided by the USA Swimming Foundation shows Olympic gold medalist Cullen Jones giving a swimming lesson to a child in Nederland, Texas, as part of the USA Swimming Foundation's Make a Splash program. (USA Swimming Foundation via AP)
Olympic champs throw a lifeline to poor kids who can’t swim
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Missy Franklin, Cullen Jones, Rowdy Gaines and a handful of other Olympic champions are climbing into the pool this summer. They want to help American kids learn how to swim.
They've got plenty of work to do.
The USA Swimming Foundation's most recent survey was released May 31. It found nearly 64 percent of African-American kids, 45 percent of Hispanic kids and 79 percent of children in families that bring in less than $50,000 in annual income have little or no swimming ability.
The foundation is issuing $324,000 in grants this year. They will go towards its Make A Splash program. The grants will help fund reduced-cost swim lessons. These will go to more than 25,000 children at 71 pools. The grants are spaced across 25 states. The foundation has provided more than $4.3 million since 2007 to help fund learn-to-swim programs across the country.
"We need to keep a sustained effort to introduce children to swimming. And drive the important message that learning to swim can save your life," said Debbie Hesse. She is the USA Swimming Foundation executive director.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 10 people drown every day in the United States. About a quarter of those are younger than 14. The CDC says African-American children drown at a rate nearly 5.5 times higher than white children.
The study is a follow-up to one first conducted by researchers at the University of Memphis. That was in 2010. In that survey, 70 percent of African-American children and nearly 60 percent of Hispanics had little or no swimming ability. The numbers have improved slightly over the past seven years. But they still paint a harrowing picture.
"The end goal is to create real solutions designed to ensure children are safer in the water. Especially minority youth who are at a higher risk of drowning," said Carol Irwin. She is the study's principal investigator.

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Why is swimming a bigger challenge for some kids?
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  • IRALI01
    9/08/2017 - 08:46 a.m.

    it is so great to see young kids getting taught how to swim by professionals.it gives them something to do.its sad to see that kids drown.they should have somebody watching them.its just great to see kids getting lessons on how to swim.

  • averym-orv
    9/14/2017 - 11:22 a.m.

    I think this is inspiring and a great idea! This is a good experience for young children to learn something new.

  • JuliaP-erl
    9/19/2017 - 03:20 p.m.

    I feel so left out

  • JuliaP-erl
    9/19/2017 - 03:23 p.m.

    I cant believe 10 people die very day from drowning

  • StevenC-sym
    9/22/2017 - 11:38 a.m.

    Am happy that they can swim because swimming is fun

  • calebr-orv
    9/27/2017 - 01:18 p.m.

    This is very nice of the USA swimmers to do this so that other people might take advantage at this act of kindness and help other people with stuff that they need to learn or want to learn.

  • Ansleen-eic
    9/28/2017 - 10:31 a.m.

    I think its good that they did this because not every body has enough money to go swimming. Its a bigger challenge for some kids because they have never practiced before.

  • destinys-orv
    10/06/2017 - 11:24 a.m.

    because some kids can't swimme and it is hard because then you can;t do what you what to do

  • destinys-orv
    10/06/2017 - 11:28 a.m.

    that is why thank you.it is a bigger challenge because some kids can not swimme and

  • Kyla-bla1
    10/19/2017 - 09:12 a.m.

    I think swimming is a bigger challenge for some kids because it's hard to focus on swimming when you know that you could drown. Once kids focus on the swimming, it should be easier.

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