Thirteen year old Dondre Lewis Drowned Saturday April 15, 2016 at Ft. McRae. There were many SEASTARS Swimmers who knew, went to school with, played football at The Salvation Army with, or played Basketball with Dondre. Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death for children. The fatal drowning rate of African American Children ages 5-14 is almost three times that of white children in the same age range. Children from non-swimming households are eight times more likely to be at risk of drowning. The news coverage on this was very minimal and I wanted to share with The Pensacola Community the tragic loss and the importance of being a strong swimmer when we all live so close to the water.
SEASTARS had 9 swimmers donate 69 hours teaching 16 non-swimmers to swim through The Dondre Lewis Aquatic Scholarship Pilot Program which ran the month of July. So proud of The SEASTARS Swimmers for giving back to their peers! Hopefully we will be able to reach more children next year. The death of Dondre in April was tragic, we were so glad we got to help his fellow church members inside and outside of the pool!