Annalee Hamill is helped by Wapakoneta Breakfast Optimist Club member Nancy Carter at the YMCA pool. Hamill was part of the SPLASH program, a free, week-long program for youth to learn how to swim. (Staff photos/Michelle Frank)
Sixty young children filled the pool at the Wapakoneta Family YMCA for this year’s installment of the SPLASH program.
With the help of the Wapakoneta Breakfast Optimist Club, the Y is able to offer this week of free swim lessons to 60 participants, which Sarah Finkelmeier, senior program director, believes to be important.
“A lot of people can’t afford swim lessons quite honestly, and it’s so important,” Finkelmeier said. “Drowning is, I believe, the fifth unintentional cause of death in the United States. There’s so many kids and adults that don’t know how to swim and it’s such an important skill that you know could be life saving and life changing. Having the funding from them and the extra hands in the water to help out is very important.”
For the full story, see the Friday, June 6 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.