More than 900 children will take part in the LA84 Foundation Summer Swim Festival at Expo Center in Los Angeles, August 10, 2013.
Kids will compete in free style, backstroke, butterfly and breast stroke to celebrate the culmination of the 2013 Summer Swim Program.
Now in its 28th year, the LA84 Summer Swim Program reaches more children than it ever has before through its partnership with 14 different Southern California municipalities. Funding is used to support basic instruction and competitive opportunities in swimming, diving, water polo and synchronized swimming. The program reaches 15,000 children between the age of 7 and 17 at 106 pools across.
The Summer Swim Festival is part of LA84 Foundation’s efforts to promote swim safety. The statistics are staggering – 70% of African American children and 60% of Latino children cannot swim, and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 10 people drown every day in the United States. Participation in formal swimming lessons can reduce the likelihood of drowning by 88%, according to a study by Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.
The LA84 Foundation, endowed with surplus funds from the 1984 Olympic Games, has provided over $400,000 in grants to fund swim lessons and organized sports in public pools in 14 different local municipalities, which will help reach 15,000 children across the region.