I recently accepted the challenge to raise funds to support the YMCA of Greater Houston. As a volunteer with the the Y, I have seen first-hand how the organization is making a difference in the lives of youth and families in our community.
One of the areas of the Y's mission that I am most passionate about is our goal to eliminate drowning. Drowning poses a threat to the health and well-being of people nationwide, particularly among children and minority populations. Three children die every day because of drowning, and drowning is the leading cause of death for children one to four years of age and the second leading cause of death for children from five to 14 years old. For each child who drowns, it is estimated that another 4 children are hospitalized for near- drowning.
According to a national research study conducted by the USA Swimming Foundation and the University of Memphis, 70 percent of African American and 60 percent of Hispanic children cannot swim compared to 40 percent of Caucasian children.
Drowning deaths are highly preventable:
- 88 % of youth drowning incidents occur under adult supervision.
- 40 % of youth drowning incidents occur within 6.5 feet of safety.
- 60 % of youth drowning incidents occur within 10 feet of safety.
Please consider making a gift today and support our efforts to strengthen our community through the YMCA.