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Abstract

Consistently, the literature on minorities in aquatics identifies the challenges surrounding aquatic involvemen among minority populations. This same literature discusses the challenges of minority communities to provide affordable programs to combat these challenges. This reflective narrative describes a unique collaboration designed to provide high quality health and physical activity programs for youth in underserved communities. Health and physical activity professionals (HPE) strive to build collaborative relationships with community-based organizations (CBOs) and underserved school districts through educational experiences necessary for effective teaching and professional commitment. Project Guard: Make A Splash E.N.D. (End Needless Drowning) was one such program. Anchored in a humanistic curriculum model, Teaching for Personal and Social Responsibility (TPSR), Project Guard: Make A Splash E.N.D. combines conventional goals related to teaching swimming and lifesaving skills with TPSR goals in an effort to prevent drowning. Lessons learned from this 3-year initiative are described so that others may understand how this initiative works and how these insights might inform similar efforts elsewhere.

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