Free Water Safety Lessons offered Saturday, June 9, 2012 & Sunday, June 10, 2012 throughout Hampton Roads

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

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

The American Red Cross of Southeastern 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 9, 2012 and Sunday, June 10, 2012. Eight 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 4, 2012:

Saturday, June 9, 2012

12 noon – 1:30 pm:


Sunday, June 10, 2012:
11 am – 12:30 pm:

11:30 am – 1 pm:

1 pm – 2:30 pm:

1:30 pm – 3 pm:


Mary Helen Thomas was a community leader who promoted water safety and learn-to-swim programs in the Hampton Roads area. She broke down racial barriers in the 1960’s. She was an inspiration and a hero. Information about Mary Helen Thomas is available at


For more information about the Free Water Safety Lessons offered June 9 & 10, 2012, please contact Teri Dalone at (757) 385-0449 or


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