WNBA star and Louisiana native Alana Beard hosted a four-day educational swim safety event at the Broadmoor YMCA on July 25-28. Beard participated in learning to swim with children 7-12 years old from 9-10:00am each day.
Prior to the event, Beard said, “Swimming and water safety are important skills every kid should know, and unfortunately they are often ignored, I realize I have a lot to learn and I am beyond excited to learn with the kids to show them that learning water skills is important at all ages. Anything I can do to help prevent a tragedy in this community, and all communities, is important to me. We must understand it is never too late to learn and I hope that families will be inspired to help their children acquire the skills to safely enjoy swimming and water sports.”
“You would think being an athlete it would come easy to you, but it doesn’t…it is very challenging,” says WNBA star Alana Beard of her first swim lesson at the Y.
A member of the WNBA’s LA Sparks, Beard wanted to use her position as a professional athlete to show the community that water safety is important, regardless of your age or athleticism. A tragedy in 2010 where six teens drowned in Shreveport’s Red River sparked Beard’s passion for water safety. From that point on, she has wanted to host an event emphasizing its importance.
The event was planned with the support and guidance of the YMCA of Northwest Louisiana, USA Swimming Foundation and the American Red Cross.