The YMCA of South Florida and the Florida Panthers had planned a press conference for Water Safety Awareness Month for May 23 at the Greater Hollywood YMCA Family Center, Hollywood, Fla.
Sadly, the night before, two young children ages 5 and 6 drowned. With such a tragedy taking place, the Y quickly refocused the purpose of the press conference to be a Call to Action! Parents, families, and the community were asked to be vigilant over the Memorial Day holiday weekend in watching the water whenever they are around it, no matter what type of water – pool, beach, lake or canal.
With the support of donors, like The Related Group, the YMCA of South Florida Mobile Aquatics Team is able to meet families where they live and bring swim lessons to their community pools.
A couple of the most common reasons kids don’t learn to swim are lack of transportation and scheduling. Parents work and can’t get from work to pick up the children and get them to lessons. The Mobile Aquatics Team goes to the apartment complex or community pool.
This spring, The Related Group partnered with the Y to provide swim lessons at Cutler Hammocks, an affordable housing complex in Cutler Bay. In the first two sessions, 29 kids have been made safer around water with a third session scheduled to begin July 8.
The safety of our members is a priority for the YMCA, that’s why we make sure all of our Aquatics staff are properly trained and certified. Our lifeguards and swim instructors are our first responders and in May, 152 of them came together at the Pembroke Pines YMCA Aquatic Center where they received training on Test Mark Protect, Emergency Action Plans, customer service and programming. They were also able to get certified or recertify for required CPR, AED and other required certifications. This was a great opportunity for Aquatics staff to showcase their skills and knowledge.
It’s summer at the Y and we’re in the heart of our summer programming, keeping kids safe during summer camp and providing much-needed swim lessons. Our Camp Training in June set the tone for an amazing summer filled with camp, aquatics, specialty camps, sports camps, and more. The YMCA of South Florida is filled with unbelievable staff who do stellar work in the community. Each week, they take care of more than 4,000 kids in our summer camp programs. That is in addition to connecting our members to the Y. Our programs wouldn’t be a success without them.
On another note, I’m especially proud of the number of recent promotions we’ve had at the Y of South Florida in the last six months. We are moving our organization forward by developing leaders and talent within the organization. We recently held a recognition event to congratulate and celebrate the 24 new promotions. As we continue to grow our Y, we will continue to provide leadership development opportunities.
We look forward to a great summer, impacting thousands of lives across South Florida.
Late August. More information to come.
Thursday, July 4, 2019 Weston Town Center
- Parade starts at 10:30 AM at
Town Center Boulevard and Three Village Road
- 5k Run/Walk Sponsored by the City of Weston and YMCA of South Florida,
Weston YMCA Family Center Weston Regional Park
Race begins at 7:00 AM
Back-to-School Supplies Giveaway
- Youth Development Broward Backpack & School Supplies Giveaway
July 27 from 10am-2pm
Dillard High School, 2501 NW 11th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311
- L.A. Lee YMCA Backpack & School Supplies Giveaway
August 10 from 10am-2pm
Carter Park, 1450 W. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311
7pm Cocktail Reception & Wine Wall
8pm Dinner, Dancing & Live Auction
InterContinental Miami, 100 Chopin Plaza, Miami, FL 33131
Join us in our commitment to keeping children and families safe in and around the water. For Sponsorship and Underwriting opportunities, contact Aimee Fretwell at [email protected] or visit ymcasouthflorida.org/event/beachball2019
Water Safety Awareness Press Conference With Florida Panthers.
- Local 10
- Telemundo 51
- WSVN 7 – FOX
- NBC 6