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Sigma Gamma Rho Making A Splash AT Golden Goggles

Strengthening Its Partnership With USA Swimming

Members of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. made a splash on the red carpet with some of the country's top swimmers at the 2014 Golden Goggle Awards in New York City. The event, which was held November 24, honored coaches and athletes on the U. S. National Swim Team for their work and performances throughout the year.

USA Swimming invited members of the sorority's leadership team to the USA Swimming Foundation's fundraiser. The two organizations have been working together to better engage local communities in learning how to swim through the Swim 1922 campaign.

The statistics are alarming when it comes to the number of children who do not know how to swim. According to USA Swimming, participation in formal swimming lessons could reduce the likelihood of childhood drowning by 88 percent. USA Swimming and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority formed a unique partnership in 2012 to help decrease the number of drownings by encouraging members and their communities to learn how to swim. They have held more than 25 Swim 1922 events, including water safety clinics and town hall meetings to educate adults and children.

"The sorority's partnership with USA Swimming continues to evolve. We are constantly looking for more opportunities to get involved. It was an honor to meet some of the best swimmers in the country at the Golden Goggles. We support the USA Swimming Foundation's work to 'save lives and build champions'. Together, we will work to share the importance of water safety," said Bonita M. Herring, 23 rd International president of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.

"The partnership with Sigma Gamma Rho continues to be a great inspiration for our organization as we work to get people involved in swimming," said Matt Farrell, USA Swimming chief marketing officer. "The passion of Sigma Gamma Rho and its leaders is humbling, so we will continue to work together to make this stronger and make a difference in people's lives."

Pictured above (l-r) are Dr. Christina Guillen - Northeastern Region national programs chair; Maritza McClendon - Olympian & Sigma Gamma Rho member; Bonita M. Herring; Marica Harris - Northeastern Region director of Sigma Gamma Rho; Secenario Jones - Swim 1922 Liaison

About Sigma Gamma Rho:

Seven educators founded Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. on November 12, 1922 at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. The sorority has more than 500 chapters in the United States, Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada, Germany, Korea and Virgin Islands. Members aim to enhance the quality of life within the community through public service, leadership development and education of youth. Sigma Gamma Rho addresses concerns that impact society educationally, civically and economically. 

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