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Zac Camps Back for 3rd Year

Boys & Girls Club of San Antonio and The ZAC Foundation to Host Water Safety Camp for Third Year

Organizations partner to teach more than 100 kids water safety locally

WHAT:         The ZAC Foundation, a Connecticut based water safety advocacy and education foundation, presents its ZAC Camp in partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio. The Camp will teach a new batch of more than 100 five to nine- year-olds the importance of water safety through swimming classes, classroom curriculum, and various hands-on activities. 

This event is part of the Foundation and Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s (BGCA) national initiative to bring ZAC Camps to thousands of BGCA members across the country by the end of the 2015 swimming season.  Water safety is of local importance because in 2015, Texas has already seen 16 children die in drowning accidents – mostly in pools. 

The Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio was selected through a rigorous application process due to its commitment to advancing safety locally.  The week concludes with a gold medal awards ceremony. State Senator Jose Menendez will be in attendance to speak to the kids about water safety and present the medals. 

WHEN:        Awards Ceremony
                      July 17
                      11:45 a.m. 

WHERE:     Boys and Girls Club of San Antonio
                     600 SW 19th Street
                     San Antonio, TX 78207 

WHO:          State Senator Jose Menedez
                     Zuani Villarreal, Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio
                     More than 100 Boys & Girls Clubs members, ages 5-9
                     San Antonio Fire Department’s Water Safety Team
                     San Antonio Police Department’s SAFE Unit
                     EMS Paramedics
                     San Antonio Park Police CORE UniT 

DESCRIPTION: Karen and Brian Cohn founded The ZAC Foundation in 2008 after the loss of their son Zachary when he drowned as a result of being entrapped in the suction of a swimming pool drain.  The ZAC Foundation is devoted to educating the public of the importance of water safety to prepare children and their families for a lifetime of safety, and has partnered with BGCA to bring ZAC Camps to 20 selected Clubs in 2015. 

For more information about The ZAC Foundation or ZAC Camps, visit www.TheZACFoundation.com. 

Established in 1939, Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio has been helping young people to feel inspired and enabled to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.  Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio serves more than 9,200 members annually at seven branch locations and 41 on-site school locations.  The Clubs provide after school and summer programs that develop and enhance academic success, good character & citizenship, and healthy lifestyles in youth ages six-to-18 years old, paying particular attention to those who need these programs most.  For more information, visit the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio website at: www.BeGreatSA.org. 

Check out the photo gallery from this year’s camp. Click HERE.

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