By Angie Bado, TSB Publisher
McKinney children braved the rain chilled water at Juanita Maxfield Aquatic Center on Tuesday morning to participate in swimming lessons, and, at the same time, the world’s largest swimming lesson. The city pool is part of the City of McKinney’s Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department.
This is the first year that the city participated in the world’s largest swimming lesson in an effort to help prevent kids from drowning. Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death in children between the ages of one and five. Olympic Gold Medalists Janet Evans, Rowdy Gaines and Brendan Hansen, along with past and present members of the USA Swimming National Team have attempted to combat that with the “largest” swim lesson event at more than 700 locations around the globe, with thousands of kids taking lessons to help combat childhood drowning. The goal is a fourth consecutive Guinness World Record.
The McKinney Parks and Rec. Department will give swimming lessons to approximately 2,000 children over five sessons this summer Aquatics Specialist Beth Hammand told TSB. She also said that Texas has the largest number of pools in the United States, making water safety imperative.
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