KEEN has awarded Outdoor Afro two years of funding to support its “Learn to Swim” initiative. According to a 2014 study by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), Black children ages 5 – 19 are 5.5 times more likely to die in swimming pools than their White counterparts. The disparity is even greater for Black children ages 11 and 12, who are ten times more likely to drown. This year, Outdoor Afro is focusing much of its efforts on changing these statistics.

Outdoor Afro is the nation’s leading, cutting edge network that celebrates and inspires African American connections and leadership in nature. The organization helps people take better care of themselves, their communities, and our planet. Outdoor Afro is a national non-profit organization with leadership networks around the country. With nearly 80 leaders in 30 states from around the country, the organization connects thousands of people to outdoor experiences, who are changing the face of conservation. So come out in nature with Outdoor Afro, or be a partner to help it grow its work so it can help lead the way for inclusion in outdoor recreation, nature, and conservation for all.

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