Donate Swimsuits, Trunks, Goggles and Caps to Help Underprivileged Kids Learn How to Swim

Helping underprivileged children learn how to swim can help save their lives. But many of these kids cannot afford the most basic equipment for their swim lessons.

That’s why Columbia Association (CA) Aquatics is participating in the Goggles for Guppies donation drive. From June 15 through June 29, CA will be accepting donations of new or lightly used swimsuits and swim trunks, goggles and caps.

“Every day, two children under the age of 15 drown somewhere in America,” according to the Goggles for Guppies website. “Statistics produced by the Center For Disease Control and Prevention and USA Swimming support the unacceptable facts that 70 percent of African-American children and 60 percent of Hispanic children do not know how to swim. More than 40 percent of Caucasian children have little or no swimming ability. The majority of these kids come from underprivileged families.”

Donations can be brought to Columbia Athletic Club, Columbia Gym, Columbia Swim Center, Dickinson Pool, Dorsey Hall Pool, Hopewell Mini-WaterPark, Kendall Ridge Pool, River Hill Pool, Supreme Sports Club and Swansfield Pool.

Columbia Association’s commitment to safe swimming continues throughout the year with its Columbia Swims program, which offers $2 lessons on water safety and introductory swimming instruction. These lessons are held at Faulkner Ridge Pool (Sundays, 5 to 6 p.m., Mondays, 6 to 7 p.m.) and Talbott Springs Pool (Tuesdays, 6 to 7 p.m., Saturdays, 5 to 6 p.m.).

Register in person at those two pools, or by calling 410-312-6332 or going online at ColumbiaAssociation.org/login. The $2 price is for CA members or residents with the free Columbia Card. Lessons for non-members and non-cardholders are $8.

About these ads

2 Comments

Filed under Columbia Association Press Releases, Kids, Pools

2 responses to “Donate Swimsuits, Trunks, Goggles and Caps to Help Underprivileged Kids Learn How to Swim

  1. You don’t really say this specifically–will these be used locally or sent someplace else?

  2. David Greisman

    Hi, Julia,

    CA can request to get materials and has received materials from this organization previously as well. This donation drive not only can benefit our community, but others around the country, too.

    -David

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s