Last week, we were able to meet with representatives of the Rutherford County Family YMCA and establish the initial guidelines and process for implementing the Howard's Hope swim program. The swim program is designed to assist area youth in obtaining the necessary skills to survive an accidental submersion in water. As the parent of a child who came very close to drowning in a swimming pool, this is a cause very near and dear to the heart. Here are some stats:
The results of the meeting with the YMCA staff produced an estimated start date of June 1st of this year. The Howard's Hope Swim Program (we're thinking about calling our students "Flying Fish") will be able to train 12 kids per month in water survival. Since our demographic data indicates there are 8,000+ potential drowning victims in the county under the age of 5 years, we have a long road ahead of us! But we're dedicated, motivated, and ready to tackle the task...no matter how long it takes!
Yesterday, Howard's Hope was the scheduled program at the Murfreesboro Rotary Club. Close to 100 civic, community, spiritual, and government leaders were in attendance. The reception was overwhelmingly positive and enough donations were received to provide water survival training for 7 kids. Thank you Murfreesboro Rotary Club!
For more information about yesterday's presentation, click on the link below:
Founder of Howard's Hope, a nonprofit charity for disadvantaged children.