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SATURDAY, MAY 13 | HARTFORD, CT- Theta Alpha Sigma Hartford Alumnae Chapter held its annual free youth swim clinic at the Trinity College Athletic Center as part of it's Swim 1922 initiative. Through sponsorships from other organizations like USA Water Polo and chapter and community support, the chapter was able to offer basic water safety training, including breathing, floating and treading water, as well as more advanced content for older participants like the basics of freestyle and backstroke.

Lunch and goodie bags were also provided. The gifts included goggles, swim caps, sunscreen and much more to encourage participation for the Hartford community in swimming.

Swim 1922, a program created by Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. to address the unfortunate truth that according to the CDC, approximately 10 people drown every day in the U.S.A. An even more startling fact is that 70 percent of African American children and 60 percent of Hispanic children in the U.S. do not know how to swim. Additionally, African American children are three times more likely to drown than Caucasian children. Through the partnership with USA Swimming, Sigma Gamma Rho’s Swim 1922 initiative aims to address this disparity by having olympians and members of the sorority teach the community about water safety and how to swim.

With USA Swimming, Sigma Gamma Rho has touched close to 20,000 lives, directly, with the projection of changing multiple generations to come. Swim 1922 programs are conducted during May-August of the sorority year. The goal is to strengthen USA Swimming’s commitment to diversity and inclusion by breaking down barriers created by a lack of access and exposure, and expanding the sorority's footprint in the local community to increase swim participation and decrease drowning rates.

Program Benefits:

  • Provides opportunities for youth and adults within the African-American community to learn water safety in general and swimming specifically.

  • Reduces the level of fear and apprehension of learning to swim.

  • Opens minds and changes attitudes regarding Blacks and swimming.

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