Category: Chronicle Community Written by RJ Barnhill
Wayne County’s Family Aquatic Center at Chandler Park established its inaugural year as the official host location for The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™ (WLSL) in 2013. This fun filled event provided swimming and water safety training as participants flutter kicked their way toward a new Guinness World record™.
The nation’s top water safety and training organizations joined forces to present The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™ (WLSL), Tuesday, on June 18, to build awareness about the vital importance of teaching children to swim in an effort to help prevent drowning. On June 18, waterparks, pools and other aquatic facilities around the globe hosted local WLSL lessons simultaneously at 11a.m. ET (3 p.m. GMT) in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record™.
In 2010, the Inaugural WLSL event established the Guinness World Record for the largest simultaneous swimming lesson ever conducted. Since then, more than 300 facilities representing 15 countries on 5 continents, including 45 states in the US, have participated and logged more than 24,000 kids and adults being part of the swim lesson that sends the message “Swimming Lessons Saves Lives.”™
Swimming is a life-saving skill for children and a vital tool to prevent drowning, the second leading cause of injury-related death for children ages 1-14. Research shows if a child doesn’t learn to swim by the third grade, they likely never will.
The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™ was created to serve as a platform to help local community aquatic facilities and the many different national, regional and state wide water safety and drowning prevention organizations work together to tell this important story on a local and national level.
Olympic Gold Medalists and official WLSL spokespersons Rowdy Gaines and Janet Evans championed the events to help convey that loss of life from drowning can be prevented through awareness and training. As parents, both athletes feel a strong commitment to teaching children how to be safe in and around the water.
Mark C. Smith, CPA, CPO, Mico Management president, said, “Just as parents know the importance of having helmets when riding a bycycle, swimming lessons are an equally important water safety and awareness precaution.”
Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Waterpark near Orlando served as the official headquarters for the international event and set an individual Guinness World Record™ for the largest swimming lesson ever held at one location with over 600 participants. International support is showing strong growth with the largest number of participants coming from Mexico and Brazil.
The Family Aquatic Center at Chandler Park offers swimming lessons for much of the summer. The lessons are available in two-week increments and started on June 24 and will run until August 16. The two-week programs cost $50 for Wayne County residents and $60 for non Wayne County residents.
For more information, contact the Family Aquatic Center at Chandler Park at (313) 822-7655 or go to the website at: www.cpwaterpark.com. Information on other programs from Wayne County Parks is available by calling Wayne County Parks at (734) 261-1900 or
Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 July 2013 09:36
Category: Chronicle Community Written by AJ Williams, Chronicle Web Editor
Filmmaker Jordan Thierry will visit Detroit to offer an insightful perspective on the rising dilemma of fatherless black families when he shares his introspective documentary, “The Black Fatherhood Project” on Tuesday, June 18, at 5:30 pm at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.
There is no charge.
"The Black Fatherhood Project" poignantly reveals a history much more complex and profound than what is often seen on the surface.
Directed and produced by Thierry, “The Black Fatherhood Project” unravels the roots of Black absentee parenting through the telling of his own story, interviews with prominent historians, and dialogue among a diverse selection of dads.
The discussions include personal experiences, inspirations, and insight on how communities can come together to ensure the power of a father’s love is not lost on America’s Black children.
“The film explores the issues that continue to plague the Black community,” says Thierry. “It digs deep into history to identify how Black families functioned before slavery, how it and subsequent discrimination affected Black fathers’ involvement in their families, and its impact today.”
Nationwide, 67 percent of Black children live in single-parent families, predominantly with the mother. This factor alone increases the likelihood of living in poverty, low educational achievement, incarceration and abuse.
The first-time filmmaker adds, “The film also reveals that while the statistics may be discouraging, there is a strong faction of Black men that are breaking the cycle of fatherlessness.”
The event will be followed by a question and answers discussion facilitated by the director. The film can also be viewed at the film’s website BlackFatherhoodProject.com. The website also provides informational resources on fatherhood as well as a list of reputable mentor and advocacy groups.
An activist-filmmaker, Thierry began producing the film in 2006 while attending graduate school for communications at Howard University.
His approach to filmmaking is informed by his community involvement to advance social justice and empower young men of color to be successful.
Thierry graduated from Aloha High School in 2001 and earned his degree in Journalism from University of Oregon in 2005.
He formerly served as national coordinator for The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation’s Black Youth Vote program and taught elementary school in Newark, NJ.
That was before he founded the nonprofit Better Man Productions, to address the growing demand for movies about issues concerning men of color.
Better Man Productions is focused on inspiring a culture of positive fatherhood and masculinity in communities of color through easily shareable online movies.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 June 2013 05:26
Category: Chronicle Community Written by Mark S. Lee
Small business owners are always grappling with growth. The Small Business Administration (SBA) offers e200, a national program focused on providing educational opportunities to entrepreneurs in urban areas. There are 21 participating cities across the country, including Detroit.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 August 2011 14:36
Category: Chronicle Community Written by Chronicle Staff
Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 August 2011 14:32
Category: Chronicle Community Written by Minehaha Forman, Special To The Chronicle
A historic milestone deserves a dazzling celebration. And true to tradition, the Michigan Chronicle’s 75th anniversary soiree Friday evening, Nov. 19, at the MGM Grand Detroit’s Grand Ballroom was indeed that.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 August 2011 14:32
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