Recently, the JCA Aquatics program was recognized both locally and nationally with funding support by renowned organizations. The agency received grants from the HEAL Foundation and from the JCC Association of North America and the Pool and Hot Tub Alliance.
The HEAL Foundation (Help Enrich Autistic Lives) recently awarded the JCA’s Sensory Safe Swimmers program with a grant to support program scholarships. HEAL is a local organization with a mission to inspire, educate and fund services for those affected by autism in the Jacksonville community. Sensory Safe Swimmers is a new JCA swim program geared specifically toward swimmers on the autism spectrum. Studies have shown that children with autism are more likely to drown than neurotypical swimmers. Through the JCA’s specialized swim lessons, swimmers are more likely to succeed in a quiet atmosphere with minimal noise and distractions. The classes are designed with a ratio of 1:2 or 1:1 with a certified instructor, so more attention can be placed on swimmers’ needs. No one should ever be denied swim lessons or being on a swim team due to any physical or cognitive differences, and the JCA welcomes swimmers of all ages and abilities to learn and have fun in the water.
JCC Association of North America and the Pool and Hot Tub Alliance awarded the JCA with a Step into Swim grant to support its Learn to Swim programs. The mission of Step into Swim is to create one million swimmers in 10 years by assisting with funding. The JCA will continue to offer its Red Cross swim programs, including Sensory Safe Swimmers, with the help of these funds.
For more information about the JCA’s Red Cross Learn to Swim programs, contact Josie Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org 904-730-2100 ext. 240. To support the JCA Aquatics department or other JCA programs, contact Lior Spring at email@example.com 904-730-2100 ext. 318.