Lawrence Police School Resource Officer Jonathan Armano (left) and Lawrence Police Detective Marco Ayala demonstrated lifesaving skills and equipment during a water safety presentation on the first day of ZAC Camp at the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence on April 22. Sponsored by The ZAC Foundation, the free camp provides more than 100 local 6- to 9-year-olds with swimming classes, classroom curriculum, and other hands-on activities from April 22-25.
ZAC Camp is named for 6-year-old Zachary Archer Cohn, who drowned as a result of being entrapped in the suction of a swimming pool drain. ZAC Camp is part of a national partnership initiative undertaken by The ZAC Foundation and Boys & Girls Clubs of America to bring lifesaving water safety skills to more than 2,500 kids from 25 Clubs across the country. BGCL was selected through a rigorous application process due to its commitment to advancing water safety locally.
About The ZAC Foundation
The ZAC Foundation was established in 2008 by Brian and Karen Cohn after the loss of their 6-year-old son, Zachary Archer Cohn, in a pool drain entrapment in their backyard swimming pool. Through education and advocacy, the Foundation is dedicated to preparing children and their families for a lifetime of water safety. To learn more about The ZAC Foundation, connect with us on Facebook and thezacfoundation.com.
About the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence
The Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence provides a safe, after-school haven for more than 3,400 youth (ages 7 to 18) to come for hot meals, homework help, fitness and nutrition programs, college and career planning, and lasting personal relationships. The club offers critical programs that focus on academic success, healthy lifestyles, and community involvement at two locations: the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence at 136 Water St., and the Beacon Boys & Girls Club at 71 Duckett Ave. For more information, visit www.lawrencebgc.com.