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According to the Grio, Black children ages 11 and 12 are 10 times more likely to drown in swimming pools than white kids. In response to this deadly reality, a popular beach club in Atlanta is promoting swimming lessons for Black and Hispanic children along with adults.
As reported by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the vast majority of Black children in the U.S. are lacking when it comes to swimming, as 64% have little to no skills in the water, compared to 45% for Hispanic kids and 40% for white youths, according to the USA Swimming Foundation. And while hundreds of youths train at the Leslie Beach Club, very few are Black swimmers.