According to a recent study conducted by the USA Swimming Foundation, 70% of African American children do not know how to swim. President of the Greater Hartford YMCA, James Morton,
The issue needs to be addressed and it needs to be addressed “immediately”.
According to Morton, access is the main factor contributing to the statistic. “Access to affordable swim lessons that are conveniently located within communities is the real challenge,” he said. Morton also says the lack of public schools in the inner city areas is creating a generation of minority children with little-to-no water safety education. According to the CDC, black children drown a rate three times higher than their white peers. Morton is making it his mission to open pools in areas where minority children do not have access.