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    June 03, 2019
    Get Ready for Summer with Focus on Water Safety
    Cincinnati Recreation Commission, Jack and Jill, and the Red Cross partner to promote importance of learning to swim


    Join us for a joint press conference
    Location: Evanston Pool, 3204 Woodburn, Ave.
    Date: June 3, 2019
    Time: 1pm

    (Cincinnati, June 3, 2019) -  As many as 80% of Americans say they can swim, but only less than half can perform all five basic skills that could save their life in the water. With swim season upon us, the Greater Cincinnati-Ohio River Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross, the Cincinnati Recreation Commission and the Cincinnati Chapter of Jack and Jill, Inc. are partnering to promote the importance of water safety in and around the water.
    In addition to providing the community with water safety and drowning prevention tips and resources throughout the summer, free swim lessons are being offered by the Cincinnati Recreation Commission from June 10, 2019- July 3, 2019 at 16 CRC pool locations for kids 17 and under. Check cincyrec.org website and look for programs/aquatics&pools/play in the water/I CAN SWIM for details on how to register.

    “We are grateful to Cincinnati Recreation Commission for providing the funding for these free lessons, which will be provided by Red Cross trained instructors, to the children of the community we both serve,” said Stephanie Byrd, CEO of the Greater Cincinnati Dayton Region of the American Red Cross. “We are equally grateful to Jack and Jill, for their support, voice and clout they give to this project.” Nationally, the American Red Cross and Jack and Jill of America have partnered since 2017 to bring the message of the importance of swim instruction and water safety to diverse communities.

    For over 100 years, the Red Cross has been training and qualifying water safety and first aid instructors, reaching millions of Americans through its innovative resources. One such new resource is the Red Cross Swim App which is designed to help parents and caregivers or young people learning to swim. Download the Free app by searching for “American Red Cross” in the Apple App Story or the Google Play Store, or by going to redcross.org/mobileapps.

    Marita Salkowski
    Office: 513-579-3910
    Cell: 513-477-1694
    marita.salkowski@redcross.org
    Cincinnati-Dayton Region
    2111 Dana Ave
    Cincinnati, OH 45207

    Getting back to the five basic water safety skills, can you:
    1. Step or jump into the water over your head?
    2. Return to the surface and float or tread water for one minute?
    3. Turn around in a full circle and find an exit?
    4. Swim 25 yards to the exit without stopping?
    5. Exit from the water. If in a pool, be able to exit without using the ladder?

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    About the American Red Cross: The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.

    For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter @CincyDayARC About Cincinnati Recreation Commission: Established in 1927, the Cincinnati Recreation Commission (CRC) provides recreational, cultural, leisure and educational activities for Cincinnatians of all ages and abilities. CRC improves the quality of life in Cincinnati, makes city neighborhoods more attractive to prospective residents and is vital for Cincinnati’s continuing growth and competitiveness. For more information: https://www.cincinnati-oh.gov/recreation/

    About Jack and Jill: Jack and Jill of America is an organization of mothers of African American children founded in Philadelphia in 1938 for the purpose of developing leadership skills in our children and the children of our communities. For more than 75 years, Jack and Jill has been serving the community through service and philanthropic giving. For more information: http://www.jackandjillcincinnati.org/
    Contact:
    Marita Salkowski, Regional Communications and Marketing Director
    513-579-3910