Former Olympic swimmer Maritza McClendon has been giving back in a way that hits very close to home for her. In 2012, she started Swim 1922, a charitable organization devoted to teaching swimming to kids who might not otherwise have the chance.
From The Undefeated:
Swim lessons can be rather pricey. She estimates that it takes about $120 to learn how to swim, but that cost is based on how many lessons the average child might need. Most instructors charge by the session, which, at a YMCA in Tennessee for example, could range from $20 to $80 per session.
“Not everyone is a member of a Y or have community pools in their area,” she said.
McClendon has been working with her sorority, and they now run a wonderful program that’s done a lot of good.
To help alleviate that barrier, and combat the lack of diversity in pools, Sigma Gamma Rho uses its position to leverage foundations into adding resources to local communities and the organization hopes to create its own swim meets in the future.
It’s pretty amazing to see an Olympic athlete going to great lengths to help the next generation get started, and that’s just what McClendon and her sorority have done. With their partnership and hard work, they’ve already changed a lot of lives. It’s important to remember that enrolling in childhood athletic programs and camps can cost hundreds of dollars, and it keeps a lot of kids from getting to play the sports they would otherwise love. Causes like this are giving kids the chance to excel on a level playing field..
[via The Undefeated]
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