New York State kicked off its swim season July 9 at Roberto Clemente State Park in the Bronx with an expanded free, learn-to-swim program funded through a collaboration between New York State Parks, American Red Cross,
the New York State Department of Health, and National Swimming Pool Foundation®'s Step Into Swim Campaign. The pilot program is expected to teach 500 more children to swim this summer season.
You may recall, four learn-to-swim programs received $10,000 Step Into Swim gifts from the National Swimming Pool Foundation this spring. Those gifts were funded by donations to the Campaign, which were also matched dollar for dollar by the Foundation. One of those programs supported the American Red Cross and New York State Parks department. The Red Cross trained those instructors at two state parks in New York City and the Parks Department made the swim lessons available for free. Those instructors and the park pools will likely be creating swimmers for years to come, creating even more swimmers.
Here is the news release announcing the kickoff of this program, peppered with lots of great photos and a video.