US Olympic Swimming Gold Medalist, and former world record holder Anthony Ervin becomes spokesperson for International Water Safety Day
|Anthony Ervin being announced at the Austin Grand Prix. (Photo Credit: Mike Comer - Pro Swim Visuals)|
Anthony Ervin, US Olympic Swimming Gold Medalist, former World Record Holder & World Champion has become an official spokesperson for International Water Safety Day (IWSD).
After winning the Olympic Gold, 2 World Championships, and 7 NCAA titles, Ervin retired at the young age of 22. A true humanitarian, Anthony auctioned off his Olympic Gold Medal on E-Bay donating the proceeds to tsunami relief efforts in Southeast Asia. Recently, in his first USA Swim meet in 7 years, he won gold at the Chesapeake Pro-Am and immediately put himself back in the US top 5.
With over 30,000 drowning deaths monthly, the lack of water safety education has propelled drowning to the 3rd leading cause of unintentional injury death worldwide. International Water Safety Day is designed to educate youth in becoming safer in and around the water while spreading global awareness about the ongoing drowning pandemic.
Shaun Anderson, co-organizer of IWSD, stated, “Anthony has embraced his place in the world as an opportunity to reach out and try to give back, and within that spirit we’re excited to have him aboard.”
International Water Safety Day, hopes to reach millions this spring. What’s your reach? Help calculate the impact of International Water Safety Day by sharing your plans for May 15th at: http://internationalwatersafetyday.org/whats-your-reach/
International Water Safety Day is May 15, 2012 - Striving to make a planet that’s 70 percent water, 100 percent water safe