(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- It's mid-summer and many people are out enjoying summer's greatest pastime - swimming - at South Florida pools, lakes and endless miles of beaches. But many people, and especially children, still do not know how to swim. In an effort to make learn-to-swim lessons easily available to all children, The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade and the Swim for Jenny Memorial Fund will host iSwim for Jenny, August 13-18, 2012, at participating Miami-Dade Parks' and community pools.
iSwim for Jenny is a week-long endurance event where swimmers of all levels and abilities swim cumulative number of laps of a pool and receive donations for their achievements. Monies raised during iSwim for Jenny will benefit the Swim for Jenny Memorial Fund for water safety information and learn-to-swim scholarships for underserved children in South Florida.
Swimming must be done at your neighborhood lifeguard community pool** and/or one of the Miami-Dade Parks aquatic facilities/donation collection sites, listed below:
AD Barnes Pool Palm Springs North Pool
3401 SW 72 Avenue, Miami, FL 901 NW 176 Street, Miami, FL
South Dade Pool (Helen Sands) Tamiami Pool
16350 SW 280 Street, Miami, FL 11201 SW 24 Street, Miami, FL
**To register your swim team at a different pool than those listed above, or to register your community pool as an official site for the iSwim for Jenny, please contact Jim O'Connor at A.D. Barnes Pool at (305)665-1626** All donations must still be turned in at one of the four approved Miami-Dade Parks' aquatic facilities/donation collection sites listed above on August 18 between 1 and 4 p.m.
The Swim for Jenny Memorial Fund was created in honor of Jenny Hong Nguyen, a 12-year old South Florida girl who suffered a drowning accident on April 16, 2011 after she went into water too deep for her limited swimming ability. Many children do not know how to swim or know how to stay safe in or around bodies of water. The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade established the Swim for Jenny Memorial Fund so that as many children as possible will have the opportunity to attend beginner learn-to-swim lessons, no matter what their families' income may be.
Nationally, drowning is the second-leading cause of injury-related death among children ages one to 14. Florida has the second-highest number of drowning incidents in the U.S. and Miami-Dade County leads the state in drowning deaths with an average of 45 a year.
For more information on how you can register as an iSwim participant, to download a pledge form, for rules and regulations, or to make a donation, please visit Swim for Jenny.
About The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade
The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that supports the Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department's effort to further develop Miami-Dade County's world-class parks system for residents and visitors. Its mission is to create a healthier, more livable and sustainable Miami community by ensuring the implementation of the Parks Open Space Master Plan and the development of year-round park and recreation programs for local children, adults and people with disabilities. For more information, visit Parks Foundation.
About the Parks, Recreation & Open Spaces Department
Nationally accredited, a three-time winner of the NRPA National Gold Medal Award and winner of the 2009 Florida Governor's Sterling Award for excellence in management and operations, Miami-Dade Parks is the third largest county park system in the United States, consisting of 260 parks and 12, 825 acres of land. It is one of the most unique park and recreation systems in the world. Made up of more than just playgrounds and athletic fields, it also comprises out-of-school, sports-development, and summer-camp programs; programs for seniors and people with disabilities; educational nature centers and nature preserves; environmental restoration efforts; arts and culture programs and events; the renowned Zoo Miami and the Deering Estate at Cutler; the Crandon Tennis Center, home of the Sony Ericsson Open; golf courses; beaches; marinas; campgrounds; pools; and more. For information about Miami-Dade Parks call 3-1-1, or visit Miami-Dade Parks.