Indy parks kicked off their new swim program today at Douglass Park Pool. The swim program Everybody Swims will provide free swimming lessons for 5-weeks to Indianapolis’ youth.
Everybody Swims, funded by a grant from Lilly Endowment, Inc. to the Parks Foundation, will also teach children the importance of water safety. More than 500 youth from different community organizations will take lessons.
“Indy Parks is committed to keeping kids in our community safe,” said Indy Parks’ Director, John Williams. “The Everyone Swims program is critical for youth in our community who are at risk of drowning because they don’t know how to swim. Our highly-trained staff are passionate about educating kids on how to have fun in and around water, while being safe and making good choices.”
From this program, children ages 5-12 will have more knowledge of their swimming ability, where it is safe to swim and how to safely play in aquatic settings.
The following organizations will participate in this summer’s Everybody Swims program led by Indy Parks’ lifeguards:
Westminister Neighborhood Services
Fay Biccard Glick Community Center
Edna Martin Christian Center
Forest Manor Multi-Service Center
Southeast Community Services
St. Florian Center
Douglass Park Family Center
Zion Hill Summer Enrichment
Lillian Davis Foundation