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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.

From The New York Times:

Her Parents Thought Swimming Lessons Were a Good Idea

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

Good video about former Yale swimmer Siphiwe Baleka

http://www.foxsports.com/video?vid=396080195760

African-American Kids Don't Have to Drown

From AbcNews.com:

Monday marks the official start of summer, which, for many Americans, means visits to the pool or trips to the beach.

But the American Academy of Pediatrics is urging caution when it comes to summer splashing. Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for those younger than 19 and can be prevented, the group says.

One demographic in particular, African-Americans, is threatened by the statistic. Black children drown at a rate more than three times that of white children.

While 40 percent of white children were found to have low or no swimming ability , the same was true for nearly 70 percent of African-American children, a YMCA survey shows. Latino children also lag in their swimming level, with 58 percent at low or no swimming ability.

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Comment by ERROL DUPLESSIS on June 23, 2010 at 3:13pm
A great story and story line. I wish it could be share with every TV station in America. Kudos to Wanda Butts for sticking with her project, and to Cullen Jones for bringing the message to all who need the inspiration.

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