The YMCA of Lincoln (ymcalincoln.org) is set to host its third annual community-wide swimsuit drive from May 10-23, collecting new and gently used swimsuits for more than 150 children enrolled in grant-based swim lessons this summer. The opportunity to teach youth how to swim, along with life-saving water safety skills is made possible by a swimming lesson grant through Y-USA and in partnership with Lincoln Public Schools and Lincoln Community Learning Centers.
“Two of the biggest barriers families face when wanting to provide swim lessons for their children are transportation and cost – both for the lessons and swimsuits,” shared Tabetha Burnham, aquatics director at the Northeast YMCA. “As the community’s leader in swim instruction, we’re grateful to be in a position to teach children of all ages and from all backgrounds the importance of water safety while helping overcome fears.”
To participate, donors can drop off swimsuits at any of the four Lincoln YMCA locations. Sizes needed are youth XS-XL for boys and girls (one-piece preferred). Swimsuits will be distributed to students attending Lincoln’s Community Learning Centers, with swim lessons beginning in early June. YMCA and community members donating swimsuits will be entered to win one free session (six classes) of group swimming lessons at the Lincoln YMCA along with a free week pass to “Try the Y.”
The YMCA of Lincoln has served the community for over 150 years, promoting positive values through programs that build spirit, mind and body for all. For more information on the Lincoln YMCA along with a list of branch locations, visit ymcalincoln.org.