DATE: June 7, 2012
CONTACT: Michael Mills, Parks and Recreation Division
What better cause could there be than preventing childhood drownings and near-drownings? That’s the focus of SWIM Central, the coordinating agency for water-safety instruction and awareness in Broward County. Its partner, the S.W.I.M.S. Foundation, is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide safe water instruction to all children in South Florida. The foundation funds such instruction through SWIM Central.
At 10 a.m. on Tuesday, June 26 , the S.W.I.M.S. Foundation will receive a $25,000 grant from the Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Florida for “Drowning Prevention and Water Safety Education Lessons.” The check will be presented at the J.C. Carter Park Pool, 1450 W. Sunrise Blvd., in Fort Lauderdale.
Drowning is the number-one killer of children ages 4 and under. From 2006 to 2010 there were 41 drowning deaths of children ages 4 and under in Broward County, an average of eight deaths per year. SWIM Central wants to change that, and works with the S.W.I.M.S. Foundation to make water-safety education available to every child in Broward County and throughout South Florida.
For further information on SWIM Central, call 954-357-SWIM (7946).