The Issue: Teaching Kids to Swim Helps Prevent Accidents
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that drowning is the No. 1 cause of accidental death in children aged 1–4, and an average of three children die every day from drowning. Teaching youth to swim and be comfortable in the water can help prevent these accidents, in addition to providing them with another outlet for recreation.
The Campaign: Pool Memberships Acquaint Youth with Water
If this Grassroots campaign raises $600, then the Cincinnati Recreation Foundation (CRF) can provide a one-year membership to pools for 20 youth aged 17 and younger from low-income families. Each additional $20 raised will fund a one-year membership for another young person. The CRF offers swimming lessons for members, and maintains a supervised pool for youth to practice safe swimming.
You can follow the progress of this and other Grassroots campaigns at the Groupon Grassroots website.
Cincinnati Recreation Commission
Since 1927, the Cincinnati Recreation Commission has provided cultural and leisure activities for the community. Its facilities are spread across the region and include indoor recreation centers and 2,500 acres of outdoor play areas, which together host a broad range of activities for people of all ages, including athletic leagues, arts events, and an aquatic center. Before- and after-school programs and summer camps offer an outlet where kids can learn and play outside of school, and many centers also sponsor therapeutic programs for people with disabilities.