*According to a report recently released by the USA Swimming Foundation, 70 percent of African American children and nearly 60 percent of Hispanic kids “have little or no swimming ability.”

Those figures compare to only 40 percent of Caucasian youngsters who cannot swim.

The biggest tragedy associated with the swimming gap is that Black children are far more likely to drown than white kids.

According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, African American youngsters aged 5 to 14 drowned at a rate 3.1 times that of whites in the same age group between 2000 and 2006.

USA Swimming is tackling the program with its “Make a Splash” swimming training program. (source: Taylor Media Services – www.blacknewsjournal.net)