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Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation is collecting children’s swimsuits for participants in our Students on the Swim (SOS) program during the month of August. SOS provides the opportunity for second graders at Virginia Beach Title 1 schools to learn swimming basics and water safety. Citizens are being asked to donate a new swimsuit for a child in need at any recreation center through the end of the month. Monetary donations can also be made through the Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation Foundation.

Swimsuits must be new, with retail tags still on them. Sizes needed are:

Youth girls: 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12 and 13-14 (conservative, one-piece or two-piece tankinis, rash guards, or board shorts) 

Boys: small, medium and large board shorts/swim trunks

Funding for SOS is dependent solely on private donations. Students at Title 1 schools participate at recreation centers during their school day. The program runs for two weeks and is aligned with the American Red Cross level 1-5 swim curriculum.​

Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation is committed to providing swimming opportunities to children, especially being in a coastal environment where knowing water safety can be lifesaving. This school year alone, 1,000 children will participate in the SOS swim program through this partnership between the department and Virginia Beach City Public Schools. 

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About Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation 

Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation strives to promote healthy lifestyles and protect the City’s coastal environment, as well as to ensure all residents – regardless of their physical, social and economic circumstances – can access Parks & Recreation programs. The department’s vision is a balanced, sustainable and value-focused system of parks, recreation and public spaces that create a sense of community. Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation is accredited by CAPRA, the certifying agency of the National Recreation and Park Association. For more information, visit or call (757) 385-1100 (TTY: 757-711 Virginia Relay). Sign up for Parks & Rec email newsletters at Find us on Facebook at