In a recent report,USA Swimming stressed that 70 percent
of African-American children and 58 percent of Hispanic
children have little or no ability to swim, despite many
recent advocacy efforts to increase awareness of its
importance. In contrast, only 40 percent of Caucasian kids
lack swim skills.
Interviews with parents and children in several urban
areas cited the parents’ fear of the water as the
biggest hurdle for swimming proficiency among inner-city
kids. The economic crisis also has contributed to the
continuing problem, which has forced many pools to cut
hours or close altogether.
"The findings from this study reinforce the importance
of raising awareness about learning to swim as a
life-saving skill," said Chris LaBianco, Chief Development
Officer of the USA Swimming Foundation, in a press release.
"The USA Swimming Foundation, Cullen Jones and Make a
Splash are continuing to spread this message to parents and
kids at the grassroots level in cities across America. We
are also working with hundreds of partner programs to offer
low and no cost lessons to families in need. We are hopeful
that together we can save lives and reduce the drowning