WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- White Plains' 3rd Annual "Jump In and Swim Month" began on March 20, and will run through April 11, will offer free swim classes and water-based activities to residents of all ages throughout the month.
Mayor Thomas Roach is encouraging all White Plains families to take the plunge. "Swimming is a basic life skill," Roach said."This initiative, in it's third year, aims to give all residents, young and old, the chance to learn or improve their skills. After all, knowing how to swim can save your life."
Each participating agency of the "Jump In and Swim Month" has contributed both time and resources to making the month a wave of opportunity for the residents of White Plains.
The following are participating agencies in this year's event:
- White Plains Hospital
- White Plains Recreation and Parks Department
- White Plains YMCA
- YWCA of White Plains & Central Westchester
- White Plains Youth Bureau
- The White Plains City School District
Recreation and Parks Commissioner Wayne Bass said, “This is a great collaboration between the primary aquatic facilitators in the City. What a tremendous opportunity for our residents to be able to visit, swim and experience all that each of our programs has to offer for free.”
"Being safe in and around the water is key," added Tom Hay, executive director of the White Plains YMCA. "This unique city-wide initiative provides free opportunities for White Plains residents to learn water safety practices and basic swimming skills."
Maria Imperial, chief executive officer of the YWCA White Plains & Central Westchester adds “The YWCA is thrilled to be part of the White Plains Jump In and Swim initiative. According to USA Swimming, 70 percent of African-American children and nearly 60 percent of Hispanic children cannot swim. Learning to swim is a life skill that will keep our children safe.”
Every participant of the event will receive a Jump In and Swim Towel free of charge in recognition of this City-wide initiative. For a full listing of all "Jump In and Swim" activities visit the City website at www.CityofWhitePlains.com
For more information, contact Bass at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 914-422-1345
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