Novant Health Sponsors First NSEA Sprint for Swimclusion

April 28, 2021
NSEA Swim Sprint

Novant Health has helped raise money and awareness for a local program aimed at preventing drownings. On Saturday, April 24, Novant Health sponsored the first annual NSEA Swim Sprint for Swimclusion 5k and fun run.

Drowning is the second leading cause of accidental child death in our country, and the Centers for Disease Control reports African-American children drown at a rate nearly 5.5 times higher than their Caucasian peers.  Although no child can ever be fully water safe, the goal is to make children in our community more water safe through swim lessons and education.

Tanya Blackmon, executive vice president and chief diversity, inclusion and equity officer believes in NSEA Swim's mission so much that she's facing her fear of water and taking swimming lessons with the organization later this summer.

“As a coastal community, it is extremely important for all our residents to know how to be safe in the water,” said Dr. Philip Brown, chief community impact officer. “By sponsoring this event, Novant Health is showing its commitment to meeting the unique needs of our local community and addressing disparities that exist and too often result in tragic outcomes.”

The 155 participants ran through Wilmington’s Northside neighborhood, starting and finishing at the historic Earl Jackson pool, where NSEA Swim hosts its free community swim lessons. The event raised more than $20,000, which will help fund swim lessons.