Swimming

Sorority works to increase numbers of African Americans who can swim

Sorority works to increase numbers of African Americans who can swim

The children lined up along the side of the pool at the Gaffney Fitness Center at Fort Meade like ducks behind their mother.

Volunteer coaches guided them into the water and ran through basic swimming techniques. The children ducked their faces underwater and blew bubbles, then kicked their way across the pool with the aid of coaches who pulled them along by their hands. Then they floated on their backs; their arms and legs spread wide.

The youngsters were taking part in a swim clinic organized by Sigma Gamma Rho, an African-American sorority. The organization, in partnership with USA Swimming, has been hosting swim clinics and other events around the country for five years to...

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