New swim team helps saves lives

Lake Charles Swim Team
Published: Apr. 21, 2013 at 3:12 AM CDT|Updated: May. 21, 2013 at 3:12 AM CDT
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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - There's a new swim team coming to Lake Charles, but there's more to it than just competitive swimming. This new swim team is helping to save lives.

The new swim team called the "Foreman Reynaud Streamliners" will practice at the Foreman Reynaud Community Center.

Swim Coach Brian Cain said his goal is to get more people in the community involved with swimming.

"At a younger age, my brother was affected by drowning and I saw not only the effects it had on the family itself, but also the people in the community that knew the people and specifically my brother who helped try to save the young man," Cain said.

So, now he's helping kids in the community learn to become stronger swimmers. Especially in a society where statistics show 58 percent of African American children cannot swim.

"When they looked at the reasons behind it, the one was fear from the adults saying we as a culture do not swim and two is children it was being passed on to the children and there was also cost," Cain said.

Cain hopes to cut the fear and get rid of the issue. But even so, for Iowa resident Traci Cunningham, it's a priority to her to get her kids in the pool.

"I had an experience where I was, I won't say I drowned or anything, but I went under the pool for a long time before anybody noticed me and once they did, they got me out. So, from there on, I always said I wanted them to learn how to swim so they could get out of a predicament or something like that," Cunningham said.

And the swim tryouts and swim practice proves to be beneficial for her kids who find the sport both fun and challenging.

"It was OK. I had a little trouble at first, but then the coach kind of helped me out with those," Devon Cunningham, 10, said.

And Traci said she's very appreciative of those taking the time to teach the children.

"They can try out and see if they like it and hopefully, they do and they can continue on," she said.

Continue on to erase the statistic ...

"Don't let the fear of where do I stand with the team, will I fit in, will I be as fast as everyone else? Forget that. If you can get wet, I can get you swimming," Cain said.

For more information on the swim team or swim lessons, contact the Foreman Reynaud Community Center at (337) 436-2500.

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