The Wave Scholarship
The goal of the WAVE Scholarship program is to provide quality swim lessons to as many at-risk children as possible. Drowning is the leading cause of death among children under the age of 14 in the state of Florida. Florida children ages 1-4 have the highest rate of accidental drowning in the nation at three times the national rate. The sobering fact is that enough children in Florida drown each year to fill about 4 pre-school classrooms and most of those drowning incidents are preventable through swim lessons.
Swimming is a life-long skill that builds confidence, discipline and well-being and every child should be able to learn to swim regardless of their parent’s economic background. The USA Swimming Foundation reports 70 percent of black children and 60 percent of Hispanic children do not know how to swim. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that minorities are drowning three times more often than their peers.
The WAVE Scholarship will provide a weekly 30 minute swim lesson for six months to as many children as possible.
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