Abilis Community Foundation Awards $10K to YMCA of Greenwich for Special Needs Swimming Program

Screen Shot 2016-08-04 at 4.25.20 AM   The Abilis Community Foundation generously awarded a $10,000 grant to the YMCA of Greenwich to develop a new swimming program for children with special needs.

Beginning this fall, the course will teach basic water safety and swimming concepts to children with disabilities and their caregivers.

The program will utilize the YMCA’s warm water historic pool to introduce fundamental water skills, stroke development with waterside safety and prevention skills for caregivers.

As a leading nonprofit committed to youth development, the YMCA of Greenwich has provided swim lessons and water safety in Greenwich for more than 100 years.

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“We are proud of this partnership with the Abilis Community Foundation,” said Bob DeAngelo, CEO of the YMCA of Greenwich.

“All children deserve access to water safety resources and this investment will provide a great starting point for children and their parents to get comfortable in water while developing a lifelong love of swimming.”

Screen Shot 2016-08-04 at 4.25.31 AMAnyone interested in joining the program may contact the YMCA at (203) 869-1630.

Founded in 1916, the YMCA is the largest community-based membership organization in Greenwich.

Part of a well-known YMCA national network, the Greenwich Y has over 5,000 members and is growing. Its programs in healthy living and youth development serve and to nurture the potential of everyone in the community, whether or not they have the ability to pay for its programs.

To learn more about the YMCA of Greenwich, membership and its numerous wellness programs, visit: www.greenwichymca.org.


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