Helping Austin kids stay safe in the summer

Earlier this year Austin’s demographer pointed out that where you live in Austin still matters. In 2000, the Austin American Statesman's Community Development staff learned that kids who are economically disadvantaged are less safe in the our local pools due to lack of swim lessons and resources in certain areas of our city.

Over 17 years ago, Austin American Statesman partnered with the Austin Community Foundation to create Swim Safe – a program that recognizes the critical need for accessible swimming instruction for at-risk children and helps them to become safer in and around water and has raised more than $445,000 and taught 13,000 Central Texas how to swim.

In July 2017 the Statesman Swim Safe received a $3,000 donation from South Texas Masters Swimming, totaling to $41,000 raised this summer to help children stay safe. Jeff Simecek, Statesman Swim Safe Fund Advisor, along with representatives from City of Austin Aquatics and the YMCA of Austin accepted the check from representatives of STMS.

Every summer the foundation receives charitable donations from our community members who know this work is critical for youngsters in our city.