Minority Kids Sink at Swimming
Push on to get children in the swim
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted May 2, 2008 2:11 AM CDT
World-class swimmer Cullen Jones teaches water safety to Jaquil Wise, 7, at the pool in Newark, N.J., where Jones learned to swim.    (AP Photo/Mike Derer)
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(Newser) – More than half of black and Latino children never learn to swim, according to the governing body of US competitive swimming, which is trying to encourage more minority involvement in the sport. Nearly 60% of black and Latino children can't swim—compared to a third of white kids—and they're 2.6 times more likely than white kids to drown. They're also six times more likely than white children to have a parent who can't swim, according to the survey by USA Swimming.