Yale students and alumni unite in service and swimming

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Women’s swimming team alumna Moira McCloskey ’07 teaches a child how to use a kickboard.

The Yale men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams partnered with alumni from the Yale Swimming and Diving Association on April 23 to host Swim New Haven as part of the annual Yale Day of Service program. Team members and alumni gave free lessons on swimming and water safety to New Haven area children.

Drowning is a leading cause of death among children in lower-income and minority families. Founded by women’s team alumna Annie Killian ‘11, Yale Swim New Haven aims to reduce that risk for local children by capitalizing on the expertise of the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams in order to provide free swim lessons to underprivileged children to assure they can be water-safe for the summer months.

“Yale, particularly Yale Athletics and Yale Swimming, has given all of the volunteers in this Day of Service event so much,” said Matthew Meade ‘87, an alumnus of the men’s team and current president of the Yale Swimming and Diving Association. “It is our hope that by giving back to the New Haven community and sharing our love of the water with New Haven children, we will make swimming a fun and safe experience for all of the participants!” (See more photos from the event.)

This year’s event was held in conjunction with the Yale Day of Service.  Click here for more information about the Yale Day of Service.

The event was supported by the USA Swimming Foundation, which helps raise funds to support programs that promote water safety to reduce the incidence of drowning among children in the United States. Click here for more information about the USA Swimming Foundation.For more photographs from the event, click here.

Adapted from original reporting by Emma Smith ’16, Yale Sports Publicity