British Swim School Central Maryland is pleased to announce it has become a Founding Member –with Hope Floats Foundation. Together, Hope Floats Foundation and partner swim schools are committed to fundraising and providing scholarships for high-quality swim lessons for low-income children and their families in their communities.
The equivalent of thirteen school buses full of children die each year in the United States due to drowning. Studies at the National Institute of Health show that swim lessons can reduce the risk of drowning by 88%.
“There’s a huge need for swim lessons, and the kids that need them the most – lower socio-economic level kids – they’re not getting them,” said Cindy Tonnesen, founder of the Hope Floats Foundation. She continued, “We are saving kids, but there are more we need to reach, and we have the ability and resources to do it.”
“British Swim School Central Maryland is excited to pay it forward and is excited to support and offer scholarships for swim lessons in our local community. This is something we have been wanting to do for many years and we are so happy to be partnering with Hope Floats to make this happen”, said Bonnie Alcid, CEO of British Swim School Central Maryland.
Hope Floats Foundation began to pilot the scholarship program in September 2017. With 26 partnerships currently secured in 13 states, Hope Floats hopes to serve thousands of children who would not otherwise have access to the life-saving gift of swim lessons. For more information, or to donate, please see www.hopefloats.foundation.
About British Swim School – Founded in 1981 by former national swimmer Rita Goldberg, British Swim School provides highly effective swim teaching methods prioritizing water safety and survival skills. For more information on British Swim School visit https://britishswimschool.com/centralmaryland/.
About Hope Floats Foundation – Hope Floats Foundation is a nonprofit founded in 2016 committed to impacting the statistic on worldwide drowning. The Hope Floats model is a simple, sustainable way for swim schools to provide scholarships for high-quality swim lessons in their community. To learn more about the Hope Floats Foundation and see a listing of swim school partners, please visit www.hopefloats.foundation.