“FISHH Third Annual Summer Swim Spree Huge Success”

Emily Johnson, and Amanda Royek local teens who love to swim coordinated The FISHH 3rd Annual Summer Swim Spree on Saturday, June 15 at the Chatham County Aquatic Center Their efforts raised $2,800 as well as donations of swim suits, goggles, towels, and other swim gear.

This is a project sponsored by Friends Introducing Swimming and Healthy Habits (F.I.S H.H.) in collaboration with Georgia Coastal Aquatic Team (GCAT) and Savannah Swim Team (SST) .

Their efforts are allowing the pool at the Y open. New federal regulations require all pools to have a special handicap accessible lift that can be operated without assistance and is permanently mounted to the pool deck. The funds raised paid for the new equipment.

Fundsandequipment raised through the FISHH Summer Swim Spree will enable the West Broad YMCA to provide these youth with swim instructors, life guards, swim equipment, and pool maintenance equipment, and thus be better able to serve underserved children.

Last year Emily and her friends raised over $2,000 to help with swimming lessons at the West Broad Street YMCA. Over 75 children learned to swim thanks to their efforts. That means 75 fewer children at risk of drowning. More children are expected to benefit this year.

The West Broad Street YMCA is located downtown Savannah on May Street. It serves all of Savannah, but has a special mission for the families of the Kayton and Frazier Public Housing Neighborhoods. Swimming is a part of this process as it provides opportunities for college scholarships. More importantly, the majority of accidental drowning in the US are from minority children. Teaching them to swim may save a life.

For more information please contact Peter Doliber at 912 233 1951 or wbsymca@gmail.com.

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