JCMF Children’s Charities Announces Opening of Float 4 Life National Training Facility
Blake and Kathy Collingsworth, founders of JCMF (Joshua Collingsworth Memorial Foundation; joshtheotter.org) Children’s Charities, are excited to open a Float 4 Life swim center and training facility in Lincoln, located near 14th and Yankee Hill. A grand opening and ribbon cutting will be held on Wednesday, July 10, from 5 to 7 p.m. This new facility will serve as an infant and toddler water training center, providing Float 4 Life swim lessons and classes as well as training and accreditation to instructors from all over the United States.
Through a grant from JCMF Children’s Charities, the Float 4 Life program was developed by JCMF Children’s Charities in conjunction with the Cooper Branch of the YMCA and was first implemented in 2009. It has expanded since then as JMCF Children’s Charities has provided funding to train more instructors and reach outside of Lincoln.
The new facility will also serve as the new office for JCMF Children’s Charities. The facility is being designed in a similar style as the Michael Phelps Skill Center located in Maine, with plans to use the Michael Phelps Signature Swim Spas. An official partnership was announced in May 2017 between JCMF Children’s Charities and the Michael Phelps Foundation. The Phelps team is very excited about the possibility of JCMF Children’s Charities using their swim spas in this new market of early childhood water safety. The swim spas could also be used to reach those in the competitive world of swimming.
The mission of JCMF Children’s Charities is to educate children and adults worldwide about water safety through the utilization of drowning prevention campaigns and early childhood water safety training. Drowning is the primary cause of accidental death for children under the age of five. According to the Centers for Disease Control, drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death for children 14 and under.