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Fixing Minnesota's youth drowning problem with better urban pools

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Minnesota has had the highest drowning rate in the nation for African American children, and it's the leading cause of accidental death for children ages 5 to 14.

Now, there's a local effort underway to change that. Several local groups are joining together, hoping to renovate an indoor pool that's been shut down at the Phillips Community Center in south Minneapolis.

The overhaul would build three year-round pools that would be used to teach people of all ages the basics of swimming.

“We just strongly believe that all the children in Minneapolis need to learn to swim and this gets water in it again,” said Hannah Lieder of Minneapolis Swims, the grassroots initiative for the renovation. “We'll be able to teach swimming lessons and have a community swim team and really ensure that everyone has the skills they need to enjoy the waters in this state safely.”

The estimated cost for the renovation is $8.6million.

To donate head to www.mplsswims.org

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