Governor LePage Proclaims April, 2014 as Adult Learn to Swim Month
April 1, 2014
WHEREAS, U.S. Masters Swimming (USMS), a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that is headquartered in Sarasota, Florida; and
WHEREAS, USMS represents 60,000 USMS adult members who swim with its more than 1,000 local adult swim programs across the country; and
WHEREAS, the Centers for Disease Control estimates that 37% of American adults could not save themselves if they fell in water over their heads. With the inability to swim affecting people’s lives in a broad spectrum of ways with direct negative implications on American’s quality of life; and
WHEREAS, adult drowning is a problem we can solve – teaching adults to swim is the central cause of the Swimming Saves Lives Foundation, the charitable arm of USMS; and
WHEREAS, the Swimming Saves Lives Foundation has provided grant resources to New England adult swimming programs so they may teach potentially thousands of adults who might not otherwise have the opportunity especially in Maine; and WHEREAS, the grants to the adult swimming programs for the Adult Learn to Swim program is privately provided by the charitable and generous contributions of 60,000 USMS members and supporters; and
WHEREAS, April is the ideal month for this designation as indoor pools have the greatest availability for such programs before the summer season; and
WHEREAS, nationally, April is being recognized as Adult Learn to Swim Month, and with the help of state governments throughout our great nation highlighting this lifesaving effort, the commendable goal of making water available for fun, fitness and health to our fellow non-swimming neighbors can be attained.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, PAUL R. LEPAGE, Governor of the State of Maine, do hereby recognize April, 2014 as ADULT LEARN TO SWIM MONTH throughout the State of Maine, and urge all citizens to recognize this observance.