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Challenger League, YMCA teach special needs kids to swim

The Challenger League has partnered with the YMCA for swim lessons. (Source:WALB) The Challenger League has partnered with the YMCA for swim lessons. (Source:WALB)
16 students are participating in the swim lessons. (Source:WALB) 16 students are participating in the swim lessons. (Source:WALB)
13-year-old Anthony Fiorito learns to swim with instructor. (Source:WALB) 13-year-old Anthony Fiorito learns to swim with instructor. (Source:WALB)
Kathleen Fiorito, Challenger League Mom (Source:WALB) Kathleen Fiorito, Challenger League Mom (Source:WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

A South Georgia organization for kids with disabilities is working with the YMCA to teach special needs children how to swim.

16 students took part in the first private lessons this week through the Challenger League and the Albany Area YMCA.

Challenger League mom Kathleen Fiorito came up with the idea so her 13-year-old autistic son Anthony could be safe in the water. 

"One, they give him physical coordination that allows him to be more like a regular kid and it helps with his speech even. Secondly, it's a safety issue. We can never leave him, even in a short pool unattended in water," said Fiorito.

The Challenger League also partnered with Easter Seals for funding. 

They're still accepting applications for lessons and are working with the YMCA on more activities. 

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