Asphalt Green is committed to eliminating childhood obesity and drowning in New York City. We do this through Waterproofing, a free swim instruction and water safety program serving public school children in New York City. Since the creation of the Waterproofing program in 1994, Asphalt Green's professional instructors have taught over 30,000 public school children water safety and how to swim.
We believe that swimming is an essential skill that every child should learn. Like riding a bike, being able to swim provides a lifetime of enjoyment through physical activity. With childhood obesity at an epidemic level, it's crucial to help children develop healthy lifestyles that include regular exercise. It's also a matter of safety. Consider these facts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
- Drowning remains the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children ages 1 to 14 years.
- The drowning rate of African American children ages 5 to 14 is 3.1 times that of white children in the same age range.
This year, we are serving more than 2,200 children from 37 schools in five locations, including both Asphalt Green campuses, New Settlement Community Campus, Children's Aid Society's Dunlevy Milbank Center, and PS 125. We serve schools in Manhattan, the Bronx, and now Brooklyn.
Each spring, we celebrate the success of the Waterproofing program with The Big Swim®, a free swim meet for 1,000 children and a fundraising benefit for our FIT KIDS, FIT CITY campaign. Click here to learn more about The Big Swim.
Asphalt Green is a proud provider of the NYC Parks Department Swim for Life program. This year, we are teaching children at New Settlement and at the Riverdale Country School.
A copy of Asphalt Green's latest annual report may be obtained, upon request, from Asphalt Green or from the New York State Attorney General's Charities Bureau, Attn: FOIL Officer, 120 Broadway, New York, NY 10271.