In honor of Black History Month, let’s take moment to celebrate US gold medalist Simone Ashley Manuel. 🏅 “At the 2016 Rio Olympics, she won two gold and two silver medals: gold in the 100-meter freestyle and the 4×100-meter medley, and silver in the 50-meter freestyle and the 4×100-meter freestyle relay.” She is inspiring more Black children to swim.
Drowning is a major cause of death in children and young adults, and researchers have long observed a higher rate in African-Americans. Racism is deeply rooted in the history of swimming within the Black community, and it’s still impacting the Black community today. According to USA Today, “Black children ages 5 to 19 drown in swimming pools at a rate more than five times that of white children.” Let that sink in.
Talk About It Tuesday: Do your little ones know how to swim? If not, at what age do you plan to teach them? And if you don’t know how to swim yourself, have you considered how they will learn?