Access to pools has historically been restricted through segregation laws – and by force. These tactics prevented people of color from gaining access to pools, and as a result, swimming never became integral to Black Americans’ recreation and sports culture and was not passed down from generation to generation.
YWCA Tulsa, in partnership with Red Cross and the City of Tulsa, is dedicated to addressing this issue through Los Pececitos and All Swim, our free swim programs designed to remove financial and language barriers to participating in swim lessons. We can’t do it without your support!
For over 10 years, YWCA Tulsa has run Los Pececitos, which means “little fish” in Spanish. This successful program, hosted at our East Community Center by bilingual staff and serving the Hispanic/Latino community, has provided lessons to 1,300 kids who had no other opportunity to learn to swim.
We are building on the success of our Los Pececitos program serving families in East Tulsa to reach more children, and this summer we will be bringing All Swim to families in North Tulsa.
Consider the impact you will make on the next generation of swimmers by supporting this program. You can help us reach Tulsa kids and set them up for a lifetime of success in the water.
- $1,250 will sponsor a class of 12 swimmers.
- $250 will sponsor a lifeguard to become fully certified to keep kids safe in the pool.
- $100 will sponsor a swimmer and give them important water safety skills.
- A gift of $60 will cover the cost for a lifeguard to receive pediatric CPR and AED certification.
Make a gift at the button below, mail a check (YWCA Tulsa, 1910 S. Lewis Ave. Tulsa, OK 74104), or call Kyle Rutledge at 918-858-2372.
Los Pececitos Information
Los Pececitos offers Spanish speaking, bilingual instruction to provide beginning level swim techniques needed to be safe in the water. Los Pececitos is free for children registered.
Venue: YWCA East Community Center
Dates: May 30 – June 9, June 12 – 22, June 26 – July 7
All Swim Information
All Swim gives ALL Tulsa children the opportunity to participate in swim lessons by providing instruction at Lacy Park pool in North Tulsa. All Swim provides the beginning level swim techniques needed for children to be safe in the water. The program is free for children registered.
Venue: Lacy Park Pool
Dates: June 5 – 15, June 19 – 29, July 10 – 20, July 24 – August 3
All Swim Application
This application is currently closed until 2024.