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FEBRUARY 2021 REC REPORT NEWSLETTER

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USA Swimming Awards Funds to Local Swimming Committees

Now in its second year, USA Swimming's Athlete Leadership Summit Grant Program has awarded funds to more than 20 local swimming committees (LSCs), totaling $18,000 of allocated funding. LSCs must support the program with a matching amount equal to at least 50% of the money awarded by USA Swimming.

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REC NEWS

National Park Service Implements Mask Requirement

To protect the health of those who live, work and visit national parks and facilities, the National Park Service implemented a mask requirement for employees, visitors, partners and contractors.

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YMCA, Goalsetter Team Up to Help Kids Achieve Financial Literacy

YMCA of the USA will team up with Goalsetter and its "Drafted" initiative to help introduce the free, family saving, financial literacy and smart spending apps to families.

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NRPA Survey: Parks & Rec Provides Opportunities to Get Active

Four in five U.S. adults report a change in their physical activity in 2020 compared to previous years, with 33% reporting their activity levels increased and 46% reporting their activity levels decreased, according to a new poll from the National Recreation and Park Association.

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Community Gyms Coalition, IHRSA Applaud Introduction of GYMS Act

The Community Gyms Coalition, representing more than 15,000 community gyms and fitness studios in the United States, and the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association, representing more than 20,000 health and fitness facilities, welcomed the introduction of the bipartisan GYMS Act (H.R. 890).

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Study Shows N.C. Day Camps Adhering to Protocols Saw Very Low Transmission of COVID-19

A study being pre-published online in Pediatrics found low transmission of COVID-19 at North Carolina day camps that diligently adhered to multilayered safety strategies, including wearing face coverings during indoor and outdoor activities.

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INDUSTRY STATS

Nearly One-Third of Aquatic Facilities Engaged in Low-Income Learn-to-Swim Outreach

Nearly One-Third of Aquatic Facilities Engaged in Low-Income Learn-to-Swim Outreach

USA Swimming reports that 79% of children in low-income families have little to no swimming ability. There are also racial disparities in swimming ability: 64% of black children and 45% of Hispanic children have little to no swimming ability, compared with 40% of white children. To address these disparities, as well as to a reach those who lack swimming ability because of a fear of water, many facilities have outreach programs aimed specifically at low-income, minority and water-phobic groups.

According to Recreation Management's 2021 Aquatic Trends Report, nearly three in 10 (29.4%) respondents said they currently have a low-income outreach program, down from 33.3% in 2019. Another 17.9% said they engage in minority outreach, down from 20%. And 23.7% offer learn-to-swim programs that aim to help patrons overcome water fear, down from 25.5% in 2019.

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Aquatic Trends Report

In our third annual Aquatic Trends Report, we examine the results of our survey of hundreds of aquatic professionals to uncover the latest trends in their facilities, covering everything from equipment and programming to budgets and challenges, as well as the impact of COVID-19.

For more information, read Aquatic Trends Report.

Safer in the Water: Tools & Best Practices for Drowning Prevention

From lifeguard training and water safety programming to technology that aids in drowning prevention, there are myriad ways to ensure aquatic facilities are as safe as possible.

For more information, read Safer in the Water: Tools & Best Practices for Drowning Prevention.

A New Home for Swimming Stars

AquaChamps Swim School has been offering comprehensive aquatic instruction to people of all abilities and ages since 1953. In May 2020, they opened the doors of their new state-of-the-art aquatic facility in Oakland Park, Fla.

For more information, read A New Home for Swimming Stars.

Safer Swimming, Safer Breathing: Managing Water & Air Quality

Good water quality (and subsequently, good air quality) are the cornerstone of a healthy aquatic facility—and the health of swimmers and staff.

For more information, read Safer Swimming, Safer Breathing: Managing Water & Air Quality.

Mix It Up: Innovative Accessories Help Pools Expand Programming

A swimming pool can be so much more than a body of water to splash and play in. When you add essential and innovative accessories, you expand access, improve attendance and boost the fun factor.

For more information, read Mix It Up: Innovative Accessories Help Pools Expand Programming.

EVENTS

Don't Miss These Upcoming Events!

NIRSA 2021 Annual Conference, Feb. 23 to 25, online (www.nirsa.org)
CPRS Conference & Expo, March 22 to 26, online (www.cprs.org/education/conference)
2021 Conference on the Value of Play, March 28 (www.usplaycoalition.org)
2021 National Water Safety Conference, March 29 to April 1 (www.watersafetyconference.com)
ACSM's 2021 International Health & Fitness Summit, April 8 to 11 (www.acsm.org)

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