The #BlackBabiesDoSwimPGH initiative was created to combat the stigma that black kids do not swim or don't know how to swim.
In 2014, the CDC found that an 11-year-old black child is 10 times more likely to drown than a white child the same age. The notion that "black people can't swim” may sound like a stereotype, but it's a real disparity and it's rooted in a history of discriminatory access to swimming pools. Throughout history blacks were denied access to pools with clean water, attacked at segregated pools and unable to join local swim teams/lessons or compete in Olympic swim events.
In 2017, USA Swimming, the governing body for the sport of swimming in the U.S., found that:
And according to their data, black children and their parents are three times more fearful of drowning than white children and their parents.
Let's Work on changing these statistics!
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