Study: Race Associated With Swimming Ability

A new study finds that nearly 60 percent of African-American children can't swim, a figure almost twice that of white children.

That's according to a new study aimed at lowering minority
drowning rates and drawing more blacks into the sport of swimming.

The first-of-its-kind USA Swimming survey also finds that black
children drown at a rate almost three times higher than children
overall.

USA Swimming is teaming with local governments, businesses, and
youth and ethnic groups to expand learn-to-swim programs
nationwide.

One of the main players is freestyle star Cullen Jones, who's
hoping to win at this summer's Beijing Olympics. He says he
sometimes hears skeptical comments about swimming from adults in
the black community, even from some of his relatives. But he sees
little hesitation among the children he mentors. As he puts it,
"there's no kid out there who doesn't like jumping into a pool."


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  • by Mr. Bob on May 2, 2008 at 06:29 PM
    Reading the topic title is why there will always be problems between black and white. The media won't let it rest.
  • by Gail on May 2, 2008 at 10:32 AM
    First of all why are our taxes being used on such a study?? Race really dosen't make a difference. Its all about exposure and parents being involved.
  • by chickie on May 2, 2008 at 09:25 AM
    i don't ththink racr has much to do with it. more liely there was fewer chances to go swimming. i had pleanty of chnces to go swimming, but at the same time i was learning to swim my uncle drowned trying to save a little boy ( he did by the way) after that happened i never had the desire to learn again. now at the ripe old age of 323 i doubt i will ever learn.
  • by Bea Location: Washington on May 2, 2008 at 07:33 AM
    Race, in and of itself, has nothing to do with the ability to swim. It comes down to exposure and opportunity. Anyone can learn to swim!
  • by Blog Refuter Location: NC on May 2, 2008 at 06:04 AM
    It's actually spelled Caucasian.
  • by N.C on May 2, 2008 at 05:00 AM
    Most educated people refer to white children as cuacasion. Can you spell it?
  • by Bill Location: Greenville on May 2, 2008 at 04:35 AM
    I agree with Sheldon, Were they not born in America? Editor? Stop pandering to the separation of the races by continuing to publish the division. There are many ethnic races in America, but this portion of the society always is labeled differently as in this case. This study is no surprise to anyone. Just a story for the NAACP to get outraged about, watch and see.
  • by Anonymous on May 2, 2008 at 04:13 AM
    What a stupid study. Race has nothing to do with swimming ability. Swimming ability has to do with LEARNING HOW TO SWIM. If black children (yes, black children!) aren't taught how to swim, then they obviously won't be able to! When you go to the pool/beach/lake/river you see white people. More white kids are exposed to water, therefore they know how to swim, or at least stay afloat! Whats next, swimming class at school? Might as well, school is raising these kids in all other aspects of their life anyway, right?
  • by Mr Bob on May 2, 2008 at 04:11 AM
    Here we go with the race issue again.
  • by Sheldon Location: Beaufort on May 1, 2008 at 09:42 PM
    Why are black children referred to as "african-american children", while white children are white children?
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