Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority “Swim 1922” Initiative Has Taught 1000 To Swim

etpOn July 16, 2012, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority and USA Swimming launched a nationwide partnership to help encourage black participation in swimming and decrease drowning rates among African-Americans through local programming. African-American children in the United States are nearly three times more likely to drown than white children.

“Our new partnership with USA Swimming is a perfect fit within Sigma Gamma Rho’s ongoing efforts to safeguard our youth through our Project Reassurance umbrella theme of Healthy Choices, Healthy Living, Healthy Generations,” Loveless, said.

Sigma Gamma Rho is the first of the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), a collaborative organization of nine historically African-American, international Greek-lettered fraternities and sororities, to add swimming to its national platform.

Take A Look At Last Year’s Numbers

72 hosted events throughout the country

729 hours of community service

1,959 swim lessons completed

480,551 laps swam

Since the announcement, the partnership, named for the year the sorority was founded, has led to hundreds of free lessons, clinics, programming and community events that have helped thousands learn how to swim.

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