Radio station sponsors free swimming lessons for kids, parents - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Radio station sponsors free swimming lessons for kids, parents

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

A Memphis teen jumped into a community pool on a dare Sunday. He could not swim and drowned.

Now, the WURE-FM team is taking off their headphones and putting on their swim trunks to teach children a lesson that just might save their lives.

"We want to increase the awareness of swimming with the little kids in our community," said WURE-FM Underground Internet Radio employee Faro Jeffries.

"A lot of times, we don't take the opportunity to learn the right way to swim."

Instructors will hold the lessons at Geisman Park on Macon Road July 18 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Several lifeguards will teach swimming technique not only to children, but also to their parents.

Jeffries said his own near-death experience prompted him to learn how to swim as a child.

"I jumped off the diving board and came out disoriented," said Jeffries. "It just so happened a gentleman-- I'm not even sure what his name is, but I owe my life to him. I was actually drowning and he came in and saved me."

The free lessons are targeted toward African American children specifically, but the event is open to everyone of all ages.

The University of Memphis conducted a study, commissioned by the USA Swimming Foundation, that revealed nearly 70 percent of African American children either don't swim well or can't swim at all.

"Put your kids first; teach them how to swim," Jeffries added. "If nothing else, it'll just save their lives."

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