Photo courtesy of Jake Miller
BANNER ELK, N.C. - The Lees-McRae College men's and women's swimming teams hosted the first youth swim lessons to elementary-aged children in the Banner Elk community this afternoon (Thursday, Oct. 18).
The lessons will run every Tuesday and Thursday from 4-5 p.m. until the end of the Fall semester.
"I decided to start swim lessons as our community service project due to swimming being a skill that can literally save lives as well as be a lifelong activity," said head swimming coach Sean Weddell. "It also allows the swimmers to be really be engaged in the community where they live."
The kids attending the lessons age from 5-12, and the sessions are open to all elementary-aged kids attending Banner Elk elementary school.
"It's great that the College is taking the time out for the kids and the community, and that the students here are giving their time to the kids extra swimming lessons," said Kristin Lusk, whose daughter attends the sessions. "It's good for their health, it keeps them from sitting in front of a TV or computer and it gets them involved in the community with getting to know others and developing social skills. It's nice that we have this available and we really appreciate it!"