A swimming safety education foundation has hired its first executive director.
A swimming safety education foundation has hired its first executive director.

Cheryl Green Rosario will helm the ZAC Foundation and continue the education efforts the nonprofit focuses on.

Karen and Brian Cohn formed the foundation after their 6-year-old son Zachary Cohn drowned in the family's backyard pool in 2007 after his arm became stuck in a wall drain meant to feed a spillover spa. In 2013, the family settled the historic wrongful death lawsuit for $40 million and donated the lump sum to the foundation.

Each year, the nonprofit hosts ZAC Camps across the country to teach children to swim safely.

Nonprofit groups launched after similar events have impacted aquatics in the past few years.

After lobbying efforts, the Connor Cares Foundation got a victory in 2013 when Connor's Law was signed in Maryland, requiring a defibrillator at every public pool in the state. The nonprofit was founded by the parents of 5-year-old Connor Freed, who drown in a country club swimming pool in 2006.

And in Ohio, The Josh Project works to decrease drowning rates in minority children by providing swimming lessons in Toledo. The nonprofit was named for 16-year-old Josh Butts, who drown in a lake in 2006. Read More