From our friends at Salud America!
Grassroots efforts to improve equitable access to swimming facilities in a low-income neighborhood in Minneapolis (10.5% Latino), spurred a formalized Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the school board and parks board to more efficiently provide accessible, inclusive, high quality athletic and fitness opportunities and facilities for all children in Minneapolis.
On June 14, 2016, the Minneapolis Public Schools, Special School District No. 1 (MPS) and on June 15, 2016, the City of Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board (MPRB) approved an MOU which includes the establishment of a “City Swims” program to promote swimming lessons and classes for all Minneapolis children. This MOU follows decades of informal collaboration and 18 shared use agreements between the two public entities.
Swimming is one of the best forms of cardiovascular activity because it requires all major muscle groups, has a very low injury rate, and is great for older adults or people with mobility limitations. Additionally, swimming increases children’s confidence, motor skills, and learning. All kids deserve access to swimming instruction and swimming facilities to obtain the numerous health benefits of such a life-enriching activity.
Continue reading about this successful collaboration here.