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Learn to Swim

The Goal . . . .

“Teach every Second Grade Student in Guilford County Public Schools to Swim”

The Matt Brown Learn-to-Swim Endowment:

The Greensboro Sports Council established the Matt Brown Learn-to-Swim Endowment in honor of the Greensboro Coliseum Complex managing director in April, 2017.  The goal of the Greensboro Aquatic Center’s Learn-to-Swim program is to teach every second-grade child attending Guilford County public schools to swim. Since he helped establish the program in 2011, Learn-to-Swim has been 100 percent privately funded, and Brown has been passionate about raising funds to teach as many second graders how to swim as possible.  The funds he raised, with the support of many in the Greensboro community, have allowed the program to reach more children each year.

With 5,636 children attending second grade at 69 elementary schools in the Guilford County public schools in 2017, the program can only reach only 23 percent of second graders due to a lack of funding.  The Matt Brown Learn-to-Swim Endowment was created to one day generate enough money to fund the entire program each year so that every second grader in the Guilford County public schools can learn to swim.  See below for more information on the Learn-to-Swim program, the reason it’s vital and how you can make a donation to keep our children safe by teaching them how to swim. 

The Alarming Statistics . . . .

• 8 children drown each week in the United States
• For every child who dies from drowning, another 5 receive emergency department care for nonfatal submersion injuries
• 61% of ALL children do not know how to swim
• 68% of African American children don’t know how to swim
• 56% of Hispanic children don’t know how to swim
• 48% of Caucasian children don’t know how to swim
• Drowning ranks 5th among the leading causes of unintentional injury death in the United States

The Successes . . . .

2012: Learn to Swim program begins with 4 elementary schools with 257 graduating from the program
2016: Program has grown to 9 schools with 678 graduates

• 2016-2017 School Year: Program is expanded to include schools in High Point. 20 total schools in Guilford County with an estimated 1,300 expected to graduate. 


The Challenge . . . .

Only 23% of Guilford County 2nd Graders can participate due to lack of funding!

• There are 69 elementary schools in Guilford County. This year there are 5,636 second grade students enrolled in these schools.
• Learn to Swim is 100% funded by Private Funds;
• Average Cost: $40 per student ---- $3,400 per school for 10 class sessions;
• Average Annual Cost for ALL 2nd Graders: $230,000


Learn more about the GAC's 'Learn to Swim' program with Guilford County Schools and the Matt Brown Learn to Swim Endownment.

Make your Tax Deductible Contribution to the Matt Brown Learn to Swim Endowment
Checks Payable and Mail to:

Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro

Memo Line: “Matt Brown Learn to Swim Endowment”
330 S. Greene Street, #100
Greensboro, NC 27401