Waterproofing is supported by our Big Swim® Benefit. This year's event will be held on Saturday, April 27th. Click here for more details.
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 (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.
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.
This year, we are serving close to 3,000 children from 35 schools in five locations. Waterproofing has expanded to the South Bronx where over 800 children from 6 schools will receive instruction in the newly-constructed New Settlement Community Campus. We are also proud to continue our partnerships with the Children's Aid Society's Dunlevy Milbank Center, and PS 125 where more than 1,000 children participate in the program.
Asphalt Green is a proud provider of the NYC Parks Dept. Swim for Life program. This year, we are teaching children at New Settlement and at the Riverdale Country School.
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 the Waterproofing program. The 2013 Big Swim® will be held on Saturday, April 27. Click here for more information and to see photos of The Big Swim® from last year! Make a donation to Waterproofing!
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.