March 5, 2014
Partnerships Teaches Neighborhood House Kids
to Swim, Water Safety
Swim Clinics with Race Swami: This Friday marks the beginning of a series of beginning swim and water safety lessons geared toward the children of low-income families. The clinics will be hosted by Race Swami, a local non-profit dedicated to providing swimming opportunities to the Salt Lake West Side community. Lessons will be held at the Steiner West Aquatic Center @ 855 West California Avenue (1300 S), SLC UT 84104.
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH —Neighborhood House, a non-profit organization committed to providing quality, affordable day care and support services to children and adults based on their ability to pay, joins with Race Swami beginning this Friday to offer free swim clinics to school aged children attending Neighborhood House’s afterschool program. The clinics will include swimming basics and general water safety tips and techniques intended to prepare qualified children to join the Race Swami swim teams this summer.
“It’s a great opportunity, not only for our kids to learn about water safety, but for us to partner with another local organization,” says Shannon Jensen, Education and Training Manager at Neighborhood House. “It’s a great way to empower our children, our families, and our community.”
Neighborhood House is just one of several organizations to partner with Race Swami, which “exists to empower youth to be champions – in and out of the water for a lifetime.” Established in January 2011, Race Swami was the first swim team mounted on Salt Lake’s West Side and offers unique, inexpensive swimming opportunities to a community that might not have them otherwise.
“These kids are underserved and haven’t had the opportunity to participate in swimming,” says Race Swami Team President, Leslie Motley. “The percentage of kids who drown is significantly higher in children of color. We want our kids to be successful for a lifetime. Swimming is one part of that.”
The Neighborhood House swim clinics will begin by teaching children ages 5-12 (grades K-6) swimming basics and water safety. Those who are able and willing to continue will then have the opportunity to join the standing Race Swami swim teams and travel to meets throughout the Salt Lake area. We look forward to this chance to teach our children new and essential skills, and are excited for some of them to join the Race Swami swim team.
“We want to grow our swim club,” says Motley. “And that’s a collaborative effort.”
Neighborhood House is a 501(c)3 charity that provides quality, affordable day care for children and adults, based on ability to pay. For 119 years, the services of Neighborhood House have helped families address the care, educational, and social needs of loved ones. Neighborhood House is the state’s oldest and largest nonprofit provider of care services; nearly 500 individuals are directly served at Neighborhood House on an annual basis, by way of a sliding fee scale.