Adult Learn to Swim Month


WHEREAS, U.S. Masters Swimming (USMS), is a nonprofit organization that represents 60,000 adult members who swim with its more than 1,500 local adult swim programs across the country; and

WHEREAS, The Centers for Disease Control estimates that 37% of American adults could not save themselves if they fell in water over their heads; and

WHEREAS, adult drowning is a problem we can solve—teaching adults to swim is the central cause of the Swimming Saves Lives Foundation, the charitable arm of USMS; and

WHEREAS, The Swimming Saves Lives Foundation makes available grant resources to adult swimming programs in the Commonwealth of Virginia so they may teach adults who might not otherwise have the opportunity to swim; and

WHEREAS, the grants to the adult swimming programs for the Adult Learn to Swim program is privately provided by the charitable and generous contributions of 60,000 USMS members and supporters; and

WHEREAS, nationally, April is being recognized as Adult Learn to Swim Month, and with the help of state governments throughout our great nation highlighting this lifesaving effort, the commendable goal of making water available for recreation, fitness and health to our fellow non-swimming neighbors can be attained;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize April 2015 as ADULT LEARN TO SWIM MONTH  in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.