TIFTON, GA (WALB) - "She came in here and she just had a lot of energy and passion," said Darian Peavy, CEO at the Tiftarea YMCA.
Evann Todd was the Tiftarea's YMCA aquatics director.
"She came in and just jumped head first with our program," said Peavy.
Her main mission...to make children not scared of the water.
She had a goal of teaching all second graders in Tift County how to swim.
Todd created the learn to swim program.
"To sit here and watch those kids be scared of the water on Monday and two days later be in it, that's our number one thing and it's been a blessing," said Peavy.
Todd died suddenly of natural causes on February 12.
She was only 25 years old.
"We're a small group, we have 8 full time staff. She really fed in with us and just was apart of our team. For somebody to all of a sudden have a illness and pass away in her sleep on a Sunday morning, it's been tough for us," said Peavy.
Now the Y is focusing on continuing what Todd started.
"Evann had already left a legacy and she had only been here eleven months," said Peavy.
The Evann Todd Learn to Swim Memorial Fund has been created and has already generated more than eight thousand dollars.
This fund will help accomplish Todd's goal of teaching every second grader how to swim with free swim lessons.
The learn to swim program will begin next week with 2nd grade students at Annie Belle Clark Primary.
"It's always good to be able to talk about Evann Todd and the difference she made. She will continue to live here at the Tiftarea YMCA," said Peavy.
To donate to the Evann Todd Memorial Fund, contact the Tiftarea YMCA at (229) 391-9622.