MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Splash Mid-South says there are open spots for minority children to learn how to swim, thanks to a large donation from The Master Pools Guild.
The $10,000 donation will allow 600 children, ages 6 through 12, to take free and low-cost swim lessons at Memphis' Hickory Hill and Bickford aquatic locations through August 6.
Splash Mid-South said research shows 68.9 percent of African American youth and 57.6 percent of Latino youth have no or low swimming ability.
The organization said the community-wide, volunteer initiative was "created to give more children the opportunity to learn how to swim."
The children will learn water safety, take swimming lessons and receive lifeguard training.
Memphis Pool, which hosts Splash Mid-South, is a member of the Master Pools Guild and is one of the eight clubs receiving funds this year for the Guild's swimming programs.
For the lesson schedule and more information about the program, contact:
Hickory Hill Aquatic Center
3910 Ridgeway Road
Memphis, TN 38115
Bickford Aquatic Center, City of Memphis
235 Henry Avenue
Memphis, TN 38107
To receive free or low-cost swim lessons, the child should meet the following qualifications:
- Age 6 – 12 years
- Must be on Free School Lunch Program
- Must be able to attend all 10 sessions
- Must have swim suit, goggles, towel (may be provided, if not possible to provide)
- Must have transportation to and from the swim lesson site