ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Dougherty County Coroner's Office and other area officials are partnering up to prevent drowning among the city's youth.
The campaign is called "Swim for Life" and was first thought of by Dougherty County Coroner Michael Fowler.
"I felt like it was very needed here in Albany [and] that we get kids that are coming to the pool to learn how to swim," Fowler said.
The coroner said not everyone can afford swim lessons, so he wanted to find a way to provide the service to area children.
"We're going to sponsor the kids to go swimming, so the only thing the parent has to do is get the kids to the swimming classes," Fowler added.
Area officials including Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard, Albany Police Chief Michael Persley, District Attorney Greg Edwards, and others will provide sponsorships for children.
Fowler hopes the campaign will be able to provide free swim lessons to 100 local children.
The swim lessons will be conducted by Albany's Boys & Girls Club.
The public is invited to the campaign's kick-off event to learn more about the sponsorships.
H20 Summer Splash will take place on Saturday, June 25, 2016, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the 100 block of Pine Avenue in Downtown Albany.
Parents will have the chance to sign kids up, while the younger ones get to enjoy water slides, face-painting, and free popsicles.
Downtown Albany City Manager Latoya Cutts said the city is happy to help with the event.
"It gets people downtown. We want more to be downtown and active, but also it's for a cause. And the cause is to get kids out and get them signed up for swim lessons," Cutts said.
H20 Summer Splash is free and open to the public.