In 2018, Metro Parks Tacoma swim teams served over 450 Tacoma youth of all ethnicities and socioeconomic statuses, and from all neighborhoods throughout the city. More than 150 youth did not know how to swim before participating. In March 2020 due to the pandemic, Metro Parks laid off all part-time staff including the nine year-round swim team staff and closed all facilities. Recently, Metro Parks Tacoma made the decision to cancel all swim lesson and team programs for the summer, and likely fall. Metro Aquatics coaches have continued to volunteer their time keeping in touch with the kids, running ZOOM meetings, workouts, and activities. These volunteer coaches have now been able to get back into the water for the first time since March in a pool outside of the Tacoma area with the support of the Metro Aquatics Boosters.
Metro Aquatics Boosters, a 501(c)3 organization, is stepping up during the pandemic to ensure all Tacoma area youth wanting to swim have the opportunity and support to do so. Our volunteer board has been busy working on raising funds from grants, dues from those families that can pay now and sponsorship opportunities. We are getting close – but we need YOU to help us reach our goals!
To maintain our current program and pay essential staff through December 2020, providing every youth who participated in the Metro Parks swim program in March with the opportunity to keep swimming through 2020, we need to raise $30,000. This will provide for pool time, instruction, staffing and coaching in alignment with current safety guidelines and social distancing.
To expand our programs to reach more of the Tacoma youth and provide free swim lessons and water safety will mean a stretch goal of $40,000 or more.
Metro Aquatics is dedicated to ensuring that all of the youth in Tacoma can swim and also learn the powers of teamwork and working together. We are asking YOU to help us bring the social, emotional, and empowering benefits of learning to swim and participating in swimming to Tacoma youth through this challenging time. Every donation will makes an impact on the youth in our community. Please join us!