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King City Recreation Department receives grant for swimming

Funds support efforts to offer free or reduced-cost swim lessons

FILE — A student swims a lap at the King City Pools. (Sean Roney)

KING CITY — King City Recreation Department was chosen as one of 102 youth programs from the USA Swimming Foundation’s nationwide network of swim lesson providers to receive grant money in early 2022.

The USA Swimming Foundation has awarded a total of $898,184 to programs across the country this year. Locally, the grant award will go toward King City’s continued efforts to provide free or reduced-cost swim lessons.

“We are thrilled to be chosen for this grant,” said King City Recreation Coordinator Andrea Wasson. “The grant money we received will be used to provide swimming lessons to children in our community. Drowning is the leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 4, and formal swimming lessons reduce the risk tremendously. Learning to swim is an important life skill for all.”

The King City Pools are open during the summer months, and more than 400 residents learn to swim each summer, taught by American Red Cross-certified lifeguard staff and swimming instructors.

This year the USA Swimming Foundation vetted more than 250 applications through a competitive annual review process and chose 102 youth and 40 adult programs to receive funding. 

For more information on King City Recreation Department, visit kingcityrecreation.com.