From the start, Mayor’s Night Hoops has been about more than basketball. Although there is much to be gained from playing ball–learning teamwork, skills and interaction — the Mayor’s Night Hoops program takes matters a step further by adding a mandatory education component to the mix.
Programs that encourages academic excellence, employment skills, personal development, self esteem, conflict resolution, health awareness, and substance abuse prevention are just some of the offerings for Night Hoops participants.
This summer, a new educational opportunity has been added to the mix through a partnership with Kansas City’s “Make A Splash” program.
“Make A Splash” is a national swim program that teaches youth the fundamentals of water safety and beginning swim course lessons. As an initiative of the USA Swimming Foundation, “Make A Splash” aims to increase the ability of children to swim in order to combat the following statistics:
- 70% of African American children cannot swim
- 60% of Latino children cannot swim
- 40% of Caucasian children cannot swim
- Ten people drown each day in the U.S.
- Drowing is the second leading cause of unintentional death for children under the age of 14
As a local “Make A Splash” provider, KC Parks will offer free swim lessons to Mayor’s Night Hoops participants on Saturday, July 27, 5:45 p.m. at Swope Pool in Swope Park, 6700 Lewis Road. Up to 200 Mayor’s Night Hoops students, ages 10-17, are eligible to participate. For more information, contact Harrel Johnson at 816-674-5715 or Diane Johnson at 816-985-0398..