Swim Strong Foundation Inc, Surfrider NYC, Patagonia, and The Laru Beya Collective have come together to support a bill that will mandate water safety instruction in schools (Senate Bill S2207 // Assembly Bill A728). This is a part of overcoming the socioeconomic + cultural barriers that have unfairly rendered resources, opportunities, activities and spaces inaccessible to so many. As a part of this partnership, we are hosting a weeklong viewing of @EdAccura's film about confronting stigmas and stereotypes surrounding black people and swimming: A Film Called Blacks Can't Swim.
VIRTUAL FILM SCREENING
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16th - TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23rd
The viewing link will be made available to you via your Eventbrite registration. There is an option to donate - and we appreciate any donation you feel comfortable with sharing. However, we acknowledge that not everyone can give at this time, so we have made the film also available for free.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 21st @4pm
This event will be concluded with a panel discussion on Sunday, February 21st at 4 PM. The panel discussion will include the filmmaker himself, Ed Accura and members of Swim Strong Foundation, Surfrider NYC, Patagonia, and The Laru Beya Collective.
Laying the foundation for a more diverse + safer recreational water community with our youth, especially our BIPOC youth, is crucial to implementing inclusivity and to saving lives. We believe that water safety education is an essential right for all!
**Funds raised by Laru Beya will be used to address s a growing need for proper wetsuits + gear for all seasons, board storage, transportation for the kids, lessons from certified instructors, etc. This donation is going to be put to good use and is cherished by our community.