Make a Splash Initiative
As partners with the USA Swimming Foundation's "Make a Splash" initiative, we offer free Water Safety and Swim Lessons to young people in Prince George's County. The summer program will offer 600 spaces to participants ages 6-17, who hold a free M-NCPPC Youth Identification card. Participants will receive four free Water Safety Lessons designed to increase awareness of safety in, on, and around water, and to promote drowning prevention.
About Make a Splash
The USA Swimming Foundation's, Make a Splash initiative is a national child-focused water safety campaign, which aims to provide the opportunity for every child in America to learn to swim. Through Make a Splash, the USA Swimming Foundation partners with learn-to-swim providers and water safety advocates across the country to provide swimming lessons and educate children and their families on the importance of learning how to swim. The USA Swimming Foundation has invested millions of dollars to provide grants to qualified Local Partner learn-to-swim programs, to spread national awareness, and to bring together strategic partners to end drowning.
To date, more than 2 million children have received the lifesaving gift of swim lessons through the USA Swimming Foundation Make a Splash Local Partner network, comprised of more than 600 qualified lesson providers across the nation. To learn more, visit the USA Swimming Foundation's Make A Splash site.
Make a Splash Initiative in School
In collaboration with the Prince George's County Public School (PGCPS) system, the Department of Parks and Recreation provides second grade students with water safety information and swimming lessons at Department aquatic facilities during the school year since 2010. M-NCPPC has been awarded a grant from the USA Swimming Foundation to help sustain this program for the past several years
Youth Drowning Rate
The "Make a Splash in School" program as an effort to reduce the alarming swimming safety statistics surrounding African-American and Hispanic communities. The latest national statistics indicate nearly 70% of African American children and 58% of Hispanic children have low or no swim ability putting them at risk for drowning. In ethnically-diverse communities, the youth drowning rate is more than double the national average. Additionally, children from non-swimming households are eight times more likely to be at risk of drowning.
"Our goal is to provide safe swim opportunities to all youth in Prince George's County; this grant from the USA Swimming Foundation supports a continuation of our water safety programs into the school day in partnership with our local public schools", said Ronnie Gathers, Director of Parks and Recreation for Prince George's County.