Olympic Gold Medalists Janet Evans, Nathan Adrian Talk About Importance of Swimming Lessons for Kids

By LAURA KIRTLEY | lkirtley@tristatehomepage.com

Published 05/29 2014 12:46PM

Updated 05/29 2014 12:49PM

The USA Swimming Foundation offers free or discounted swimming lessons and water safety education in all 50 states through its 600 local partner programs. This year’s USA Swimming Foundation “Make a Splash Tour” presented by Phillips 66, kicks off on May 6th with several stops around the country, with the goal to educate parents, kids and communities about the importance of learning to swim. The tour will feature appearances by newly appointed USA Swimming Foundation Ambassadors: three-time Olympic Gold Medalist and American-record-holder for 50 and 100-yard freestyle Nathan Adrian and four-time Olympic Gold Medalist and inductee in the International Swimming Hall of Fame and the US Olympic Committee Hall of Fame Janet Evans.

*Only 13 percent of children who come from a non-swimming household will ever learn to swim, according to a national research study by the USA Swimming Foundation and the University of Memphis.

*Seventy percent of African American children, 60 percent of Hispanic/Latino children and 40 percent of Caucasian children have little to no swimming abilities.

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