CHICAGO (CBS) — The Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago have teamed up with a national foundation to teach water safety to under-served children.
The program is a partnership with Connecticut-based ZAC Foundation, an organization Karen and Brian Cohn started after the death of their 6-year-old son Zachary, who became trapped underwater when his arm got stuck in a pool drain.
“He was a really good swimmer, and we thought, as parents, we did what we needed to do to teach our children to swim, but actually there was a lot that we did not know about,” Karen Cohn said.
The foundation was helping host a week-long camp at the Louis L. Valentine Club, at 3400 S. Emerald Av., in the Bridgeport neighborhood. At least 100 kids will be learning things like never approaching any type of water without an adult present, and to keep away from pool drains while swimming underwater.
“It’s absolutely vital … as a skill, as a life skill, and therefore it’s a perfect match with us, and we couldn’t be happier to be partnering with the Zac Foundation,” Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago CEO James Keane said.