The ABC and D’s of Water Safety

July 12, 2013 10:01 AM
The ZAC Foundation founders Karen and Brian Cohn (left and right respectively) and their children are joined by BGCC Vice President of External Affairs Scott Lorenz (second from left) and Olympic swimming gold medalist Rowdy Gaines (second from right).

During the week of July 8, more than 100 Gen. Robert E. Wood Club members learned the importance of pool and water safety from ZAC Camp, a camp to teach children ages 5-9 the ABC and D’s of water safety – adult supervision, barriers around water, water safety classes and educating about drain safety.

The camp included classroom instruction, swimming lessons and interaction with first responders and even included three-time Olympic swimming gold medalist Rowdy Gaines. Developed by the ZAC Foundation with the support of firefighters, police departments, EMS and the Red Cross, ZAC Camps are being implemented in 10 Boys & Girls Clubs across the country with plans to expand the program to 25 Clubs in 2014. Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago was selected through a rigorous application process due to its commitment to advancing water safety.

Zachary Archer Cohn, who died tragically in 2007 due to a pool drain entrapment accident when he was only 6 years old, is the inspiration for The ZAC Foundation's mission and name. It is the Foundation’s hope that no other children suffer this tragic fate.

The week-long camp was featured on WGN-TV. On the final day of camp, Club members and their families celebrated the camp’s completion with The ZAC Foundation founders Karen and Brian Cohn and community first responders. For more information about The ZAC Foundation or ZAC Camps, visit www.TheZAC