Southwest Family YMCA welcomes Olympic Swimmer Elvis Burrows and Wellington Elementary students to its facility for ONE MONTH of lessons and training of water fluency, water safety and healthy lifestyle tips, diet and motivation. Elvis, along with presenting sponsor Yum! Brands Foundation plan to present this Initiative twice a year for JCPS Elementary students with hopes of great inspirational impact. Donna Benton of JCPS said, “This experience will motivate Wellington Elementary School students to be effective and happy citizens, learners, workers, and leaders for the 21st century”
Coach Nate Knopf is proud to have a Lakeside Alumnus Olympian reaching out to our youth, “This is an effort to allow kids from disadvantageous economic circumstances the opportunity to not only work with an amazing athlete such as Elvis, but to become water fluent. Drowning rates for minorities in particular African Americans is far above the National average. Lakeside is proud to play a part in such a great cause.””
WHO: Elvis and Wellington Elementary 3rd– 5th grade students
WHAT: A positive impact program inspiring our youth to live a healthy lifestyle and demonstrate water friendly ways and safety tips
WHEN: The Month of March
4:30pm – 5:30pm
WHERE: Southwest Family YMCA
2800 Fordhaven Road
WHY: Empower kids to feel safe while in water and encourage a healthy lifestyle and workout tips to promote being fit! Elvis states, “This is an extremely important event because we are giving these kids an opportunity to learn not only a lifesaving skill, but a skill for lifetime fitness. We know that people who learn to swim tend to perform better academically and develop long term fitness habits. The best part, is we get to offer this program FOR FREE to children that most likely would have never had the resources to do so on their own. Coincidentally, these are the children who need it most”
About Elvis Burrows:
Elvis V. Burrows is a Bahamian swimmer who specializes in sprint freestyle and butterfly events. Upon his admission at the University of Kentucky, Burrows helped the Wildcats 200 free relay to a bronze medal in 2009 and a silver medal in 2010 at the Southeastern Conference Championships. The Cats had top 16 finishes respectively both years at the NCAA Championships. He is also the team record holder in the 100 butterfly at 46.72.
Burrows made it into the international scene, when he represented his homeland, the Bahamas, at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. He then went on to shatter 4 Bahamian national records with a 22.39 – 50 freestyle, 23.74 – 50 butterfly, 50.88 – 100 freestyle and a 53.51 in the 100 butterfly, all at the 2009 FINA World Championships in Rome. Elvis also competed at the 2010 Central American and Carribean Games in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, and won a bronze medal in the men’s 50 meter butterfly event, with an impressive time of 24.30 seconds
To hear Elvis on the Rusty Satellite Show, click here starting March 12.