Golden Gate High School football players participated in SWIMCentral during the 2018 summer at the Golden Gate Aquatic Center. 26 (41%) of 64 athletes had no/low swimming ability, by the end of the program all athletes were able to SWIM
Thank you so much to Titan Football Head Coach Michael DiGrigoli for understanding the value to teach the players this life saving skill that everyone needs to learn.
Thank you Samantha Alexandria Molina and her amazing staff at the aquatics facility.
Thank you @Naples Children & Education Foundation – Naples Winter Wine Festivalfor making this program possible in Collier County.
According to USA Swimming Foundation
– Children who qualify for free or reduced school lunch programs are 63 percent less likely to have good swimming ability.
– If parents have no/low swimming ability, there’s a high likelihood their children won’t have good swimming skills (78 percent for African-American children, 62 percent among Hispanic/Latino children and 67 percent for Caucasian children).
– African-American children and their parents are three times more fearful of drowning than Caucasian children and parents
– Children who know how to be safer around water are 3.7 times more likely to have good swimming ability.