Program Details

Swim For Charlie is partnering with the Orange County Schools, and the Orange County Sportsplex to transport 2nd graders during the school day to the pool for water safety/swimming instruction.  There will be 8 sessions over two weeks.  The program will use the NC Healthful Living Standards and will be part of the Physical Education curriculum.  Schools will be added to the program prioritizing those schools with the greatest need.

Long Term Goals

The overall plan is to add the rest of Orange County’s elementary schools next school year, followed by expansion to surrounding counties.  Our ultimate goal is for this Initiative to grow statewide as resources allow. We expect the Initiative to continue for the long term over decades and have a profound effect upon youth health and lives matching Charlie’s broad vision.

Proven Model

Swim For Charlie will be duplicating the highly successful Guilford County model.  The Greensboro Aquatic Center in partnership with Guilford County Schools have created an excellent Learn To Swim program.  It has been operating since 2012 and is graduating ~1800 students a year, starting with 257 the first year.