SwimRVA’s primary goal is to Drownproof Richmond by advocating and delivering accessible aquatic facilities and programming.
Our top three FY 2016 goals include:
SwimRVA started as the Greater Richmond Aquatics Partnership (GRAP), a collaboration of five educational and youth sport leaders who share the goal of providing a world class facility in Chesterfield County to act as a regional catalyst for water safety, physical fitness, regional tourism, and competitive swimming. The partnership built the 54,000 square foot Collegiate School Aquatics Center that is home to the 2008 Olympic Trials pool, along with a secondary instructional pool and a therapy pool for seniors. The facility is the first of its kind in Central Virginia and designed to be a fitness driver for residents in our area and a place for everyone to enjoy the benefits of aquatic wellness.
Adam Kennedy is Executive Director of SwimRVA, a non-profit organization focused on ensuring access to aquatics across generations. SwimRVA is Richmond’s advocacy engine for aquatics wellness, safety and competition in the greater Richmond region with the goal to help drive economic success along with resident vitality.
Adam’s passion for swimming stems from nearly a lifetime in the water—he began swimming at the age of six and continued to swim through college. After completing his undergraduate degree at Davidson College, he went on to coach swimming at Colgate University, Ohio University (where he completed a Master of Science in Coaching Education), the Naval Academy, and most recently University of the Pacific.
Adam is an experienced leader with a passion for swimming as a catalyst for community development and change. He wholeheartedly believes in the SwimRVA mission and takes seriously the importance of teaching every second grader in the Greater Richmond area how to swim.
Adam resides in Richmond with his wife Amanda and dog Bogart.
SwimRVA launched this program with a pilot in six
Chesterfield County schools. The second-grade class from each of the pilot
schools participated in a seven-week curriculum, consistent with American
Red Cross standards. Students will learn in a safe environment with a 6:1
student-to-instructor ratio, along with lifeguard support.
This pilot demonstrated to the community the power and
possibility of SwimRVA's vision to drownproof Richmond by teaching second-grade
students a life skill that will boost self-confidence, lower the childhood
drowning rate, and fight childhood obesity in our region.
In the short term success will be to grow the community support for learn to swim programming. The social history of swimming in America is a story of access. SwimRVA serves to change the status quo in Richmond by advocating and serving programs for the 50% of our population that does not know how to swim.
The long term result will be a Drownproof Richmond. In 2010 the University of Memphis study found that nearly 50% of the population in the United States does not know how to swim. They also found that African-American children drown at a rate five times that of the rest of the population.
The Senior Wellness program will help our region’s seniors,
particularly low-income seniors, access and benefit from aquatic therapy and
activities. There is a critical need to help Virginia’s older citizens maintain
a healthy lifestyle and swimming is the ideal option, because it enables older
people to tone and strengthen their bodies while being supported in the water.
Regular exercise has been proven to prevent
serious problems such as type-2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, arthritis,
and some cancers, all of which are prevalent in older adults. Seniors who exercise
a number of times a week have stronger immunity and can better fight disease.
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