South Florida and South Palm Beach YMCAs Join Florida Blue in Making Special Announcement


WHAT: The YMCA of South Florida and the YMCA of South Palm Beach County has joined with Florida Blue to recognize the thousands of lives saved and make a special announcement that will create a new wave of impact on water safety and drowning prevention in South Florida.

The Press Conference is part of a Water Safety Awareness Weekend full of activities in support of drowning prevention and water safety education. It will include swim lesson demonstrations, testimonials and a major announcement by Florida Blue.


  • Swim Lesson Demonstations
  • Summer Camp kids in Splash Pool with play area and slides
  • Swim Team kids
  • Testimonials/Interviews Available
  • Parent with child who survived
  • Teen Lifeguard who has saved multiple lives
  • Swim Camp Kids/Swim Lesson Kids and Parents
  • Penny Shaffer, Florida Blue Market President
  • Sheryl Woods, CEO, YMCA of South Florida
  • Jason Hagensick, CEO, YMCA of South Palm Beach County
  • Florida Department of Health Representative
  • YMCA Mobile Aquatics Van
  • Community leaders and elected officials
WHEN:Thursday, July 27, 2017, 10 am
WHERE:Weston YMCA Family Center20201 Saddle Club Road, Weston, FL 33327 | 954 424 9622
WHY:Fatal drowning is the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children ages 1 to 14 years old. Broward and Miami-Dade counties lead the nation in drowning deaths among small children. Since 2010, more than 100 children have died in Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties due to drowning.

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