One of the most fun activities that a kid can do in the summertime is go swimming with family and friends. While it can be a great, and affordable, way to stay cool and have fun in the summer months, many people across the country are unable to provide their kids with the proper swim lessons necessary. This then can create a lot of risk as children may not have the skills or knowledge how to get themselves out of challenging situations.
Due to the risks and the need to help those that are less fortunate, some current Olympic swimmers are teaming up to find a way to help all children learn how to swim (https://www.usnews.com/news/sports/articles/2017-05-25/many-poor-kids-cant-swim-olympic-champs-throw-a-lifeline). This has been a serious issue in the United States. Overall, the CDC estimates that 10 people die of drowning in the United States on a daily basis, and more than a quarter of these people are kids that are under the age of 14.
According to the USA Swimming Foundation’s recent survey, well over half of kids from families that earn less than $50,000 per year have not had proper swim lessons. The USA Swimming Foundation is now teaming up with the Make a Splash Foundation to try and have this reduced. The two organizations have helped to raise over $324,000 over the past year, which will go to offering free and reduced swim classes to kids across the country.