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As part of the Y’s commitment to reduce drowning rates and keep kids safe in and around the water, the Rockland County YMCA will provide scholarships for swim instruction and water safety to children from underserved communities in Rockland County. The Rockland County YMCA will be working in partnerships with the Rockland and Orange chapter of Jack & Jill of America, Inc. The YMCA will be supplying the swim lessons and goggles and Jack and Jill will be doing the outreach and providing the children with swim caps and towels. Jack and Jill of America, Inc., is a membership organization of mothers with children ages 2 – 19, dedicated to nurturing future African American leaders by strengthening children through leadership development, volunteer service, philanthropic giving and civic duty. A kick-off event will be held at the YMCA on Thursday, May 31st from 4-6. Swim lessons will run June 14th thru August 2nd.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fatal drowning is the second-leading cause of death for children ages one to 14, nearly six out of 10 African American and Hispanic/Latino children are unable to swim, nearly twice as many as their Caucasian counterparts.“Educating children about how to be safe around water is just as important as teaching them to look both ways before they cross the street,” said Maire Brosnan Katavolos, Senior Vice President. “The Y teaches children of all ages and backgrounds that water should be fun, not feared, and this practice not only saves lives, it builds confidence.”
The Y has been a leader in providing swim lessons and water safety for more than 50 years. In addition to learning lifesaving water safety skills, children can increase their physical activity by swimming. Swimming also motivates children to strive for self-improvement, teaches goal orientation and cultivates a positive mental attitude and high self-esteem. It teaches the life lessons of sport and sportsmanship, so that children can learn how to work well with teammates and coaches and how to deal with winning and losing—skills that last a lifetime.
To donate to support this YMCA program and others like it contact Eileen Carson 358-0632.