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March 04, 2014

Caution to Confidence: Rosaria's Y Story

Rosaria, a Syracuse Housing Authority youth, was cautious about the water at first. It was something she knew she wanted to overcome, though, so she committed to come to every single Urban Swim class she could. “Each class time she gained skills and confidence,” said Suzanne Brisk, her Urban Swim instructo ...more

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June 27, 2013

A Split Second, A Life Saved

The man in the deep end of the pool at the North Area Family YMCA June 25 wasn’t splashing frantically. He wasn’t calling for help. He was just two feet from the wall. To Janasia Giles, a YMCA lifeguard for five years, however, it was clear: This man was drowning.“His face was shaking and he started clenching his ...more

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June 14, 2012

Safe in the Water: Jazmine Holloman

Jazmine Holloman was naturally hesitant around the water. She had learned “the basics,” but she wasn’t a strong swimmer, said her mother, Luanne. Jazmine was in her last few months of 4th grade at Delaware Academy in Syracuse when her YMCA after-school teachers told her about the Urban Swim Initiative. She eag ...more

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