Teaching Kids to Swim Is Not Only Fun… It’s A Life-Saving Mission

It’s summertime and that means, many of us are heading to the pool and the beaches to take a dip in the water. But when it comes to African American children, going near the water could be down right dangerous. That’s because nearly 65 percent of Black children do not know how to swim… and the numbers are even more dismal for African American kids living in households with incomes less than $50,000 a year. The USA Swimming Foundation is working to turn those numbers around.  As part of its mission of Saving Lives through swim lessons, the USA Swimming Foundation annually activates the Make a Splash initiative which aims to provide every child in America the opportunity to learn to swim – regardless of race, gender or financial circumstances. The USA Swimming Foundation has set a goal to provide at least 1 million children with swim lessons in 2017 through its Make a Splash Local Partner network.

WHUR’s Taylor Thomas is poolside today at the Barry Farms Aquatic Center where the USA Swimming Foundation and its pool partners are providing free swimming lessons to dozens of youth living East of the River.

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Growing up in a military family, Taylor Thomas lived overseas until she was 16 years old. She called places such as Great Britain and the Philippines home. For a time, Taylor even spoke with a British accent. Well now she resides in the DC area and for the past three years has worked as the news anchor for The Steve Harvey Morning Show on WHUR. Recently, Taylor has adopted the Washington Redskins as her most loved pro sports team.

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