The Gift of Swimming $25K; Served as Assistant Swim Instructor to Youth
As part of NBA Cares Week of Service, Orlando Magic guard Jameer Nelson presented The Gift of Swimming with a check for $25,000 on Wednesday, October 23 at The Gift of Swimming. Nelson, along with Magic Community Ambassador Bo Outlaw, also supported the organization by serving as assistant swim instructors to the youth following the check presentation.
Nelson’s donation to The Gift of Swimming was made possible through the 2012-13 Rich and Helen DeVos Community Enrichment Award. Each year, the Orlando Magic honors a player who has dedicated his efforts off the court for the purpose of enhancing others’ lives at the annual Orlando Magic Youth Foundation Black Tie and Tennies Gala. In addition to receiving the award, the player is granted $50,000 from the Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation to donate to the charity of his choice. This past summer, Nelson donated the other $25,000 to Runway to Hope to help in the fight against childhood cancer.
The Gift of Swimming’s mission is to provide access to drowning prevention resources and education for the community’s underprivileged, mentally or physically challenged or otherwise disadvantage.
Florida leads the nation in the drowning of children under the age of five. For each childhood drowning death there are four children hospitalized for near drowning incidents. In 2006, 486 Florida residents drowned and another 313 were hospitalized for non-fatal drownings. The total annual national cost of drowning among children under age five is approximately $3.5 billion.