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Krystal Lara is one of very few Latinas in her class at Stuyvesant High School, and in the pool. She’s backstroking her way toward the Olympics.

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Krystal Lara is one of very few Latinas in her class at Stuyvesant High School, and in the pool. She’s backstroking her way toward the Olympics.…

Former Yale swimmer Siphiwe Baleka

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America Rows and Swims Foundation Newburgh, NY

DAP Friends,

When children cannot swim it is not the child's problem it is an adult problem. Read how Juliana LoBiondo Team Mom for the America Rows Ambassadors Newburgh Rowing Club created a foundation to help the youth of Newburgh, NY . "If they cannot swim they cannot row." Richard Butler

Newburgh, NY – Juliana LoBiondo (“Mrs. Lo”), local attorney and Team Mom for the Newburgh Rowing Club, has announced the founding of a new not-for-profit called “America Rows and Swims Newburgh, Inc.” 


               “I am delighted to announce that the LoBiondo Family Foundation has provided an initial grant to fund America Rows and Swims Newburgh (ARSN),” said LoBiondo.  "The mission of ARSN is simple:  to make water sports such as rowing and kayaking more accessible to underserved youth and adults in the greater Newburgh area; and to provide free Water Confidence Clinics to youth and adults in the greater Newburgh area.  We are not a ‘brick and mortar’ organization, our team of community leaders raise funds through grants, donations, and fundraising events to support other organizations -- such as the Student Ambassador Program of the Newburgh Rowing Club, where underserved youth learn to kayak and row on scholarship, free of charge.  And ARSN will setup and teach water confidence clinics year-round to underserved youth." 


"There is a significant need for free water confidence clinics in the Newburgh area," said Coach Ed Kennedy, Director of the Swim Programs of ARSN, and a longtime swim coach and swim instructor.  "According to the Center for Disease Control, the drowning rates for minorities is to the point where it's an epidemic.  According to the CDC, the fatal drowning rate for African American kids ages 5 to 14 is almost three times that of non-minorities.  It's worst in swimming pools, where African American kids are between 5 and 10 times as likely to drown in a pool as a non-minority.  There are no free swim programs out here in Newburgh.  I have been teaching through the Newburgh Rowing Club along with other coaches and volunteers for several years now, but it's time for a program dedicated to water confidence, so that we can save lives out here." 


"Currently," said LoBiondo, "we are offering free water confidence and Learn to Swim Clinics for underserved youth ages 5 – 17 at the Union Avenue Community Fitness Center in New Windsor.  The clinics will be supervised and taught by Swimming Programs Director Coach Ed Kennedy, every Tuesday evening from 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm, starting September 9th, and are completely free of charge for eligible applicants.”


               America Rows Newburgh is an official affiliate of America Rows, an inclusion rowing program of USRowing, the governing body of the sport of rowing in America.


               For more information on how to access the programs, how to volunteer, or how to donate, contact Director Juliana LoBiondo at newburghrowers@gmail.com.  All donations are tax-deductible, said LoBiondo.



LoBiondo Law Offices

275 North Street

Newburgh, NY  12550

Tel. (845) 569-7600

Fax (845) 569-7601


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