Wednesday, June 14, 2017

In Compton’s 4th annual “Autism Swim Adventurers Club”

COMPTON—Compton City Council Member Janna Zurita (1st District) is determined to share with special needs children the fun of frolicking in swimming poolslike other kids this summer.

Zurita has opened the door to the splashing, giggling and playing in the water for special needs children through her “Special Needs Swim Adventurers Club.”

The Club provides swim and water safety lessons to children and their parents.

“We created a way for special needs children and their parents to enjoy being in the water this summer because we care about making sure these kids enjoy their childhoods and having fun in the water just like all other kids,” Zurita said.

“We know that special needs children miss out on a lot of the joys of childhood that other children take for granted. We wanted to change that by creating a way show them how to safely have fun in the water and to experience the joy of swimming with their friends,” she added.

The club’s training sessions are held at Gonzales Park Aquatic Center at 1101 West Cressey in Compton.

The City’s “Special Needs Swim Adventurers Club” is sponsored by Zurita, Compton’s Department of Parks and Recreation and is co-sponsored by the Hub City Autism Network and UPS.

The club provides children and their parents training in water safety techniques, swimming lessons and instruction on how to make playing in the pool a part of their summer recreation.

“This project is meant to engage parents with their children around water safety and recreation. Parental participation is a requirement and parents have to pre-register and complete a waiver form,” Zurita added.

The Club will operate Saturday mornings, June 10 through August 5, 2017 from 9:00 am to 10:30 pm. More information and registration instructions can be obtained by calling Zurita’s Office at (310) 605-5510, or Consuelo Evans at (424) 242-3899.

Hub City Autism Network (HubCAN) is a nonprofit organization in Compton that focuses on increasingAutism awareness and providing services to families of children with Autism. It was founded in 2009 by Consuelo Evans, a mother of a child with Autism.