TO REDUCE CHILDHOOD DROWNINGS
WHILE HAVING SOME FUN
SMITH SPLASH SCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER 22
The idea of a child's death is disturbing in itself, but the statistical reality of youth drownings in America is simply alarming.
According to national statistics, drowning is the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for kids ages 1 to 14, claiming two to three young lives every day. The fact that 88 percent of child drownings occur under adult supervision and 60 percent of victims are within 10 feet of safety makes the numbers all the more sobering.
To combat these statistics, the Stanly County Family YMCA provides swimming lessons to children as early as 6 months. In addition to our learn to swim and progressive swim lessons, the Y also partners with the Stanly County Schools to provide Second Grade Learn to Swim to every 2nd grader in the Stanly County School System.
In an effort to raise dollars to support these aquatic initiatives at the YMCA, Billie Jean and Lee Snuggs will once again host the Annual Smith Splash event on Saturday, October 22. This event in the Y Park is a fundraiser for the Smith William Snuggs Endowment Fund “This year, we are excited to add a Cruise-In to the events of the day”, said Lee Snuggs. “In addition to the Cruise-In, we will host the Swim for Smith Fundraiser, free concerts and family activities throughout the day.” Families are encouraged to come out, bring a lawn chair, and enjoy a day of music and fun. Food vendors will sell food and beverages and proceeds will support the endowment fund. In addition, children’s activities are planned for the afternoon.
“Swimming lessons can save a life,” says Snuggs. “We do not want another family to experience what we did several summers ago.”
In July 2010, Smith Snuggs, the 2 year old son of Billie Jean and Lee Snuggs, lost his life to an accidental drowning in a private pool. “Accidental drowning is the number two leading cause of death in children under the age of 14”, said Snuggs. “Parents, grandparents, and children in our community need to know information that can save a life. Smith Splash is our way to increase awareness and promote the importance of swimming safety.