Free Water Safety Lessons Offered Throughout Hampton Roads June 7 & 8, 2014

Youth ages 4-12 are encouraged to splash into a safe summer the Mary Helen Thomas way!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

​(Virginia Beach, VA) - The American Red Cross of Coastal Virginia Water Safety Committee is honoring the memory of Mary Helen Thomas by offering a free learn to swim day for youth age 4-12 on Saturday, June 7, 2014 and Sunday, June 8, 2014. Several pools in the Hampton Roads area will be participating. Swim lesson scholarships and other prizes will be raffled off at each site. To register, please call the location of your choice before June 2, 2014:

Saturday, June 7, 2014:

Sunday, June 8, 2014:

Mary Helen Thomas was a community leader who promoted water safety and learn-to-swim programs in the Hampton Roads area for more than 50 years. She received many awards throughout her career, and was recognized for her role in breaking down racial barriers within the swimming community in the 1960's.

For more information about the Free Water Safety Lessons offered June 7 & 8, 2014, please contact Teri Dalone at (757) 385-0449 or

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