Goggles for Guppies
 Athletes Working to End Childhood Drowning in America
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We Help Providers of Swim Lessons for Underprivileged Kids.
If you provide no cost or reduced cost swim lessons for disadvantaged or special needs children, Goggles for Guppies would like to help.  We can provide caps, suits and goggles to help encourage children in your area to participate in your program.  Contact us by clicking on the button to the right and tell us what you need. If you are a  USA Swimming Foundation Make A Splash Local Partner, please let us know.  If you are not a Make A Splash Local Partner, please visit Make A Splash to see how your program can benefit by affiliating with the USA Swimming Foundation.
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Dear Chris and Matt,

Swimming is big at the Boys & Girls Club of Paterson and Passaic, New Jersey.  Our aquatics program provides recreation and an excellent form of exercise, and Club staff members teach inner city children an important life skill.  In ethnically diverse communities, the youth drowning rate is 2-3 times higher than the national average.  Clearly, learning how to swim at the Club is not only a fun and healthy activity, but it helps reduce drowning among African-American and Latino youth.

Studies indicate that parental influence is the major contributing factor to children's ability or inability to swim.  According to research, nearly 60% of African-American and Latino children are unable to swim.  The key indicator in the study was not race, but family.  Children from households where parents do not swim or are at-risk swimmers are 8 times as likely to be at-risk of drowning.  For this reason, the Club encourages adult swim lessons and offers family swim sessions.

Swimming is one of the great joys of childhood.  In Paterson and Passaic, however, there are far too few opportunities for safe, supervised water recreation.  That's why the Boys and Girls Club has continued its commitment to providing year-round aquatics programs - including swim lessons, competitive swim teams, and lifeguard training.

Drowning is 100% preventable and, thanks to a generous donation of swim suits from Goggles for Guppies, more children - and their families - will learn  how to swim.

Thank you for all you have done for the Boys and Girls Club of Paterson and Passaic!

Andrea Symak,
Aquatics Director