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For Immediate Release:
April 15, 2013
Media Contact:
Trenae Floyd

Commissioner Jordan Makes Commitment to Drowning Prevention

Parks Department Lauds Policymaker for Swimming Lesson Donations


(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- Concerned about numerous bodies of water in Miami-Dade County, Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan pledged to prevent childhood drowning in the County by donating $5,000 to the City of Miami Gardens for swimming lessons. Commissioner Jordan, who represents District 1, is an advocate for keeping children safe and identifying preventative programs. For her dedication and commitment, the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade honored her recently for helping save lives.

“Knowing how to swim in Miami-Dade County is not an option for children, it’s a necessity,” said Commissioner Jordan. “Greater Miami is surrounded by water and encompasses many lakes, canals and pools. If we want our children to be safe, we’ve got to be proactive about teaching them how to swim.” 

Commissioner Jordan will also make a $3,900 contribution to the City of Opa-locka and $3,900 to the North Pointe YMCA.

Pictured left to right: Dick Anderson, President, Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade; Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan; Former Miami Dolphin Lineman Larry Little; Paul LaRoche, Executive Director, Tim Hardaway Foundation; and, Jack Kardys, Director of Miami-Dade Parks and Open Spaces Department Right: Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan.