Swims, an urban swimming initiative run by the Boll Family YMCA and promoted by 4-time
Olympic medalist Peter Vanderkaay.
Detroit Swims has established a goal to raise more than $100,000 annually. This will ensure that
Detroit’s 120,000 young residents will eventually receive YMCA swim lessons before the 5th
grade. The pilot, started by YMCA life guards, focuses on early swim instruction techniques
that allow a child to become proficient in swim strokes and water safety within only an 8 lesson
program. The swim program takes children from a “fear of water,” to early safety skills, to basic
swim strokes, to accomplished swimmers in a manner of weeks. And it only takes $65 to teach
one child to swim!
Our grant to Detroit Swims came about in a unique way. Unbeknownst to us, two separate
couples getting married this summer chose to support Born and Raised Detroit in lieu of the
traditional wedding favor. These significant donations were a total surprise to us and demonstrate
how much people care about strengthening the metro Detroit community.
Last week, we has the pleasure to visit a Detroit Swims after school lesson. It was an absolute blast. Next time, we are bringing our suits!