U.S. Olympic silver medalist Maritza Correia will make appearance in Mount Vernon next Saturday at “Make a Splash: Mount Vernon.”
Born in Puerto Rico, Correia is the first person of African descent to be on the U.S. Olympic team and the first African-American woman to set an American record in swimming.
The Saturday, May 26 event coincides with the opening of pools around the country over the Memorial Day weekend and is designed to teach water safety. Mount Vernon is partnering with the USA Swimming Foundation for the program. USA Swimming is the national governing body of competitive swimming in the United States and the U.S. Olympic team.
Ten people drown each day in the United States, and most deaths happen over the summer months. Drowning is also the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children between the ages of 1 and 14. Two-thirds of all drowning deaths happen during a lapse of adult supervision of less than five minutes.
“Events like ‘Make a Splash: Mount Vernon’ further the primary goals of USA Swimming and the USA Swimming Foundation, which is to grow the base of the sport and support water safety,” said Talia Mark, USA Swimming’s multicultural marketing manager. “African-American and Hispanic kids are vastly underrepresented in swimming, and events like this help to open doors to healthy and beneficial activities.”
“Make A Splash: Mount Vernon will be held on Saturday, May 26 at the YMCA, 20 South Second Ave. in Mount Vernon, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A street festival is also scheduled along with a number of interactive displays for children of all ages.