Lifeguards started Detroit Swims at our Boll Family YMCA to ensure that every child in Metro Detroit has the opportunity to learn to swim.
The Need: Drowning is the second leading cause of death for children 14 years and younger. We also know that over 79% of children in low-income families have little to no swimming ability. In addition, research shows that 64% of African-Americans, 45% of Hispanic/ Latino, and 40% of Caucasian children have little to no swimming ability.
The Solution: The YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit created Detroit Swims to help change the narrative. We work with schools and community pools in the Metro Detroit area to ensure that all children learn valuable life-saving skills regardless of barriers. We eliminate every barrier to learning to swim: we provide swimwear, towels, transportation, certified lifeguards and swim instructors, and all the encouragement a child needs to master a new skill.
The Goal: To annually raise $25,000 to teach 1,500 kids to swim and be safe around water. We've already taught almost 5,800 children to date - No child should fear the water. $100 helps keep a child safe for life. Please find out more on our website or Facebook page!