Learn to Swim Fund established

The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro announced today (Dec. 14) that a fund has been established to underwrite the costs to implement a “Learn to Swim” program at the proposed Greensboro Aquatic Center. The newly created fund has received initial commitments totaling $100,000.
 
Initial financial commitments of $20,000 a year for the next five years will help finance the Aquatic Center’s “Learn to Swim” classes in partnership with Guilford County Schools. The Greensboro Aquatic Center is committed to developing a curriculum-based “Learn to Swim” lifesaving skills program that will require all first- and second-grade students in Guilford County be mandated to complete prior to finishing the second grade.
 
“This groundbreaking program will have an enormous positive impact on this entire community,” said Walker Sanders, president of The Community Foundation of Greensboro. “The Learn to Swim program will provide every child in Guilford County the opportunity to learn how to swim. In doing so, the program will not only educate our children but help save lives, too.”
 
 Sanders said a group of residents who wish to remain anonymous felt very strongly about the need for the Learn to Swim program at the Greensboro Aquatic Center. They established the new fund at the Foundation by contributing the first $100,000 toward it. “And they challenge others who feel as they do to step up to the plate and contribute, as well,” Sanders said.
 
 A recent study by USA Swimming found that nearly 60 percent of African-American children cannot swim, almost twice the figure for white children. In addition, the non-swimming rate for Hispanic children was nearly as high (52 percent). 
 
 The fund at The Community Foundation will enable the Greensboro Aquatic Center to contract with certified life saving skills instructors, recruit guest appearances by well known Olympic swimmers advocating Learn to Swim programs, provide transportation for students between schools and the Greensboro Aquatic Center and provide each participating student with a personal achievement commemorative “Learn to Swim” certificate and a swimming accessory novelty gift.
 
People who would like to contribute to this fund may do so by clicking here.

Learn to Swim Fund established

The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro announced today (Dec. 14) that a fund has been established to underwrite the costs to implement a “Learn to Swim” program at the proposed Greensboro Aquatic Center. The newly created fund has received initial commitments totaling $100,000.

 

Initial financial commitments of $20,000 a year for the next five years will help finance the Aquatic Center’s “Learn to Swim” classes in partnership with Guilford County Schools. The Greensboro Aquatic Center is committed to developing a curriculum-based “Learn to Swim” lifesaving skills program that will require all first- and second-grade students in Guilford County be mandated to complete prior to finishing the second grade.

 

“This groundbreaking program will have an enormous positive impact on this entire community,” said Walker Sanders, president of The Community Foundation of Greensboro. “The Learn to Swim program will provide every child in Guilford County the opportunity to learn how to swim. In doing so, the program will not only educate our children but help save lives, too.”

 

 Sanders said a group of residents who wish to remain anonymous felt very strongly about the need for the Learn to Swim program at the Greensboro Aquatic Center. They established the new fund at the Foundation by contributing the first $100,000 toward it. “And they challenge others who feel as they do to step up to the plate and contribute, as well,” Sanders said.

 

 A recent study by USA Swimming found that nearly 60 percent of African-American children cannot swim, almost twice the figure for white children. In addition, the non-swimming rate for Hispanic children was nearly as high (52 percent). 

 

 The fund at The Community Foundation will enable the Greensboro Aquatic Center to contract with certified life saving skills instructors, recruit guest appearances by well known Olympic swimmers advocating Learn to Swim programs, provide transportation for students between schools and the Greensboro Aquatic Center and provide each participating student with a personal achievement commemorative “Learn to Swim” certificate and a swimming accessory novelty gift.

 

People who would like to contribute to this fund may do so by clicking here.