Over two dozen children who were once afraid of the water and lacked basic safety skills are now swimming thanks to free 1-on-1 swim lessons offered by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island (BBBSLI) who teamed up with the Levittown Swim Association (LSA) to provide swim lessons this summer. The swim lessons were part of BBBSLI’s Summer Series which included a variety of free activities for kids and their mentors to participate in together.
“For many of the kids, it was their first time learning to swim, most were fearful, but each one learned basic skills and had 1-on-1 instruction. We can’t fully express our gratitude to the LSA leadership and the volunteer swimmers who were simply incredible,” said Nancy Travers, Director of Services for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island.
LSA is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization swimming program where children develop and learn competitive swimming skills, and then use them to compete against each other in swim meets during the season.
” Levittown Swimming Association is all about kids helping kids. When BBBSLI approached us to give swim lessons to children who didn’t swim, our swimmers could not step up fast enough”, said Carol Wyckoff, LSA President.
Watching the best swimmers in the world compete in the Olympics is a great reminder that until a young person is given the opportunity to learn … there is no telling what they are capable of achieving.
BBBSLI would like to express its deep appreciation to the Levittown Swim Association (LSA) and all of the volunteer instructors. Special thanks to LSA leadership Carol Wyckoff, Sarah Greer and Tracey Tucci who worked closely with us to make this amazing opportunity possible!
View News 12 story to hear Little Brother Sebastien and his Big Brother Tom talk about the swim lessons in their own words: https://youtu.be/A8qhgX3C7Ss