YMCA Makes a Splash in San Gabriel Valley
The YMCA of San Gabriel Valley successfully completed a Free Swim Program at William Workman High school in the City of Industry. The swim program took place from June 5th – July 28th and celebrated the program’s end by inviting participants and the community to a pool party on Friday, July 28th. This was all made possible through the office of Los Angeles County Supervisor, Hilda L. Solis, which offered the program at no cost to the community.
The program provided hundreds of low-income families access to life-saving training. The YMCA swim program offered segmented classes to accommodate the needs of children ages 6 months to 17 years, as well as adults, throughout the summer, including swim lessons, drowning prevention courses and recreational swim—serving an estimated 150 people per day!
The program was in an effort to increase safety around water for both youths and adults. Fatal drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children ages 1 to 14 years old. For children under the age of 5, more than 60 drowning deaths per year occurred state-wide over the last several years. The problem is particularly acute among minority communities. African American children are three times more likely to drown than their white counterparts. The disparity is partly due to the lack of swimming experience among children.
According to a national research study conducted by the USA Swimming Foundation and the University of Memphis, 70 percent of African American and 60 percent of Hispanic children cannot swim, compared to just 40 percent of Caucasian children.
The Y is committed to reducing water-related injuries, particularly in communities where children are more likely at risk, and providing a safe environment for families to enjoy during the summer months. To see more pictures from the program, visit our Facebook page.