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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Taylor Thomas is the local Morning News Anchor for the Steve Harvey Morning Show on 96.3 WHUR. You can also see her on Wednesday’s on NBC 4 at 4:30 for WHUR’s “Talk Around Town”. Taylor is a veteran news journalist with over 20 years of experience delivering news that matters. In 2006, Taylor Thomas joined the Award Winning WHUR News Department. She wears several hats at WHUR including producer/host of “Let’s Talk Money” on WHUR World HD2 and host of “PML- People, Money & Life on WHUR Voices Sirius XM Channel 141. Taylor grew up in a military family and calls Great Britain (where her mother is from) and the Philippines home. Taylor Thomas is a graduate of the University of Maryland at College Park with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Speech Communication with a minor in Radio, Television, and Film. She is dedicated to uplifting and educating others about health, money and social issues.

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