October 2020 • Florida Pool Pro
FSPA CHAPTER NEWS
several preschool classes each year lost to this preventable death. Swimming
lessons are the only safety device that goes everywhere the child goes.
To celebrate the FSPA 50
Anniversary our members and friends donated
generously. With matching funds from Bill Kent Family Foundation and Pinch
A Penny Be the Splash Charities we raised almost $70,000 for the Florida
Swims Foundation. But that’s not nearly enough to teach every child to swim
in a state which is covered with pools, ponds, lakes and beaches.
The FSPA Central Florida Chapter has been giving out scholarships to
local kids and adults this summer. In partnership with the Swimming Hall
of Fame Every Child A Swimmer and Bill Kent Family Foundation they’ve
provided swimming lesson scholarships for 100 kids. Learning to swim is a
life skill and one which we, as an industry, can lead the way in supporting and
funding. We will be working on a statewide plan through the Florida Swims
Foundation and our local chapters to offer swimming lesson scholarships
throughout the state. Please consider how you, your company and our
industry can get involved.
Lastly, do you know if every one of your employees can swim? What about
your employees’ family members? Let’s start as an example within our own
businesses – I ask that each of our member companies make a commitment
to offer swimming lesson scholarships to employees and their family members
who need it.