On the February 20 edition of Channel 2 News (Nashville), Najahe Sherman reported on the success Howard's Hope is having on preventing juvenile drownings in Middle Tennessee. Click on the news station logos below to view the 5:00 PM story and a different story which aired at 6:00 PM.
Howard’s Hope announces its new Board of Directors, as well as the full slate of officers and advisers for 2017.
Steve Reeves, the founder of Howard’s Hope, will continue in his role as President and Chairman of the Board. Reeves retired from Southwest Airlines after a twenty-five year career in military and commercial aviation.
Darwin Colston will hold the position of Vice President. Colston is a partner at Mitchell & Mitchell Attorneys at Law in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
Pamela Henry will carry out the responsibilities of Secretary. Henry is the Aquatics Director for Shelbyville Parks and Recreation in Shelbyville, Tennessee.
John Dietrich will handle financial affairs as the organization’s Treasurer. Dietrich is the Vice President, Community Banking, for Franklin Synergy Bank in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
Members of the Board of Directors are Phil Barnett, Kimberly Gilbert, and Vickie Craighead.
Barnett is a retired U.S. Navy captain who volunteers his time, energy, and expertise to several businesses and organizations in Middle Tennessee.
Gilbert is the Aquatics Superintendent for Clarksville Parks and Recreation in Clarksville, Tennessee.
Craighead is the Facilities Manager for Metro Parks and Recreation in Nashville, Tennessee.
Assisting Howard’s Hope as members of the organization’s Advisory Board are Mike Hallum, Ray Wiley, Cheryl Richardson, and Peggy Grall.
Hallum is a partner at Dempsey Vantrease & Follis, PLLC in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
Wiley is the Associate Director of Campus Recreation at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
Richardson is the Aquatics Director for Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.
Grall is the Aquatics Director for Chattanooga Parks and Recreation in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
The Howard’s Hope Flying Fish program will begin on January 31, 2017. Free swim lessons will be provided to needy children in six cities: Clarksville, Nashville, Murfreesboro, Shelbyville, Tullahoma, and Chattanooga.
MURFREESBORO, TN, January 9, 2017/- Howard’s Hope announces that it has accepted an offer from the Consumer Product Safety Commission to join the government’s Pool Safely campaign. Howard’s Hope joins as a Campaign Safety Partner (CSP), the highest level available to participating organizations.
To improve pool and spa safety, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission launched Pool Safely: Simple Steps Save Lives, a national public education campaign to reduce childhood drownings, submersion injuries and entrapments.
The campaign is a call-to-action for consumers and industry to adopt proven water safety steps and join a national conversation about pool and spa safety by sharing best practices and other life-saving information.
Pool Safely carries out the provisions of the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act (P&SS Act), federal legislation mandating new requirements for public pools and spas, including a public information campaign. The P&SS Act was enacted by Congress and signed by President George W. Bush on December 19, 2007. Designed to prevent the tragic and hidden hazards of drain entrapments and eviscerations in pools and spas, the law became effective on December 19, 2008.
Howard’s Hope looks forward to assisting the Pool Safely campaign in promoting aquatic safety for children and focusing on programs that are effective in preventing juvenile drownings.
For more information on Howard's Hope and its programs offering free swim lessons to needy children in Murfreesboro, Clarksville, Nashville, Chattanooga, Shelbyville, and Tullahoma, visit www.howardshope.org.
For more information on the Consumer Product Safe Commission's Pool Safely campaign, visit www.poolsafely.gov.
Howard's Hope recently received a significant financial donation from Vanderbilt University Medical Center to support the organization's Flying Fish program. Since 2015, the Flying Fish program has provided the funding for Middle Tennessee children to participate in organized swim lessons taught at local aquatic facilities.
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The Flying Fish program will be offered at the following locations beginning in early 2017. For an application, contact Howard's Hope.
Middle Tennessee State University (Saturdays only)
Feb. 4 - Apr. 8
9:00 - 9:50 AM
10:00 - 10:50 AM
Ages: 6 -12 years old
Shelbyville Parks & Recreation (Tuesdays & Thursdays)
Jan. 31 - Feb. 23
5:30 - 6:15 PM
Ages: 5 - 14 years old
Tullahoma Parks & Recreation (Mondays & Wednesdays)
Feb. 20 - Mar. 16
5:30 - 6:30 PM
Ages: 7 - 12 years old
Vanderbilt University (Saturdays only)
Feb. 4 - Mar. 25
9:30 - 10:20 AM
Ages: 2 - 14 years old
Clarksville Parks & Recreation (Monday thru Thursday)
Feb. 6 - Feb. 16
Mar. 6 - Mar. 16
5:30 - 6:15 PM
Ages: 3 - 14 years old
Metro Nashville Parks & Recreation
Chattanooga Parks & Recreation
Howard's Hope founder, Steve Reeves, and board member, Ray Wiley, presented a Certificate of Appreciation last night to Lambda Sigma Middle Tennessee State University. Steve and Ray thanked the organization for their outstanding volunteer work at the September Flying Fish concert/fundraiser.
Howard's Hope was recently awarded a $33,000 grant from BlueCross BlueShield Tennessee Health Foundation to support the organization's Flying Fish program. The Flying Fish program provides the resources necessary for children from low-income Tennessee households to learn aquatic safety rules and enroll in organized swim classes.
In the past year, 141 children have participated in free swim lessons provided by Howard's Hope through its partnerships with Middle Tennessee State University and the parks and recreation departments in Shelbyville and Tullahoma. Beginning in the spring of 2017, the Flying Fish program will also be available for Nashville children through the aquatics department at Vanderbilt University.
Steve Reeves, founder and executive director of Howard's Hope states, "Tennesseans are serious about the safety and well-being of their children. When it comes to the subject of juvenile drownings, we would rather be proactive than reactive. This grant will allow us the opportunity to offer the Flying Fish program to over 500 needy children, which will result in a significant reduction in the number of potential drowning victims in the state."
"Water is a great place for physical activity, and being safe in the pool or other bodies of water is very important," said Dawn Abel, Director of Community Relations and Foundations for BlueCross. "We're happy to support the expansion of the Flying Fish program to teach children how to be safe in the water."
According to data from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning is the leading cause of accidental death for children younger than 5-years old and the second leading cause of accidental death for children younger than 14-years old. It's estimated that every day in the U.S., ten people die from water submersion accidents. Tennessee ranks 11th in the nation for juvenile drownings.
Currently offered in Davidson, Rutherford, Bedford, Coffee, and Franklin counties, it's the goal of Howard's Hope to have the Flying Fish program available statewide within the next three years.
About BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation Inc.: The BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation, Inc. was established in December, 2003, as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation organized to promote the philanthropic mission of BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee. The foundation awards grants focused on high-impact initiatives across the state, which promote healthy lifestyle choices and help control health care costs for all Tennessee residents. Working with civic and economic partners, the foundation is dedicated to the support of research, innovative programs and creative approaches to improve the health and quality of life of Tennesseans for generations to come.
A big "Thank You" to everybody who attended last Saturday's Flying Fish Benefit Concert (aka "hangar party") at Murfreesboro Aviation! It was a beautiful summer evening of great music, delicious food, and family fun! Howard's Hope sincerely appreciates the support of so many Middle Tennessee residents who believe in our mission to prevent juvenile drownings. Plans for next year's party are already in progress!
Howard's Hope is proud to announce VIP Murfreesboro as the media sponsor for the organization's upcoming Flying Fish Benefit Concert, September 17, 2016, in Murfreesboro, TN.
Howard's Hope is proud to announce Newk's Eatery as a new sponsor supporting the Flying Fish program and our mission to prevent juvenile drownings. Welcome, Newk's!
Incredibly sad story. Keep these young ladies and their families in your thoughts and prayers. Click HERE for full story.
Howard's Hope board member, Terry Cunningham, recently accepted a donation from the Rutherford County Wellness Council in Murfreesboro, TN. The council works in conjunction with the Tennessee Department of Health to identify community health problems and work with local agencies to address those problems. Howard's Hope is extremely grateful to have the support of the Rutherford County Wellness Council.
Another Howard's Hope Flying Fish class completed two weeks of swim lessons this afternoon. As a reward, their instructors threw a pool party to celebrate the children's accomplishments. Way to go, Tullahoma Parks and Recreation!
St. Mark's United Methodist Church Supports Flying Fish Program With Donation From Vacation Bible School Fundraiser
The children attending this year's vacation bible school at St. Mark's United Methodist Church collected enough money during their fundraiser to sponsor over two dozen children in the Howard's Hope Flying Fish program. Way to go, St. Mark's! Thank you, Reverend Martha Touchton, for your awesome support!
A heartfelt "Thank You" to Kestner Chiropractic and Dance Murfreesboro for supporting our mission to provide aquatic survival skills to disadvantaged youth in Middle Tennessee.
A big "Thank You" to Lauren Head, Ray Wiley, and Terry Cunningham for stopping by to film cameos for the upcoming Howard's Hope promotional video!
Congrats to our newest group of Flying Fish! Well done! Don't forget to practice during the remainder of the summer!
Congrats to the two Flying Fish classes that graduated this morning. Just in time for the holiday weekend! Now get in the water and practice your new swim skills!
Treeline Bamboo Partners visited the 8 AM class at MTSU yesterday to shoot the first day of film for the new Howard's Hope promotional video. This is a Flying Fish class comprised mostly of children from Boys and Girls Club Rutherford County. The kids loved the attention and were especially excited about the camera drone that flew above the pool during some of the filming. Thank you, Treeline Bamboo Partners, for the generous gift of your time, energy, and creative skills. Howard's Hope can't wait to see the finished product!
This past Saturday, two classes enrolled in the Flying Fish program on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University completed their lessons. Congrats to the newest bunch of Flying Fish!
A heartfelt "Thanks" to the Shelbyville Parks and Recreation Department (Shelbyville, TN) for providing the pool and instructors necessary to teach these young children the life-saving skill of swimming. Well done, Pam Henry and Perla Arias!
Founder of Howard's Hope, a nonprofit charity for disadvantaged children.