Drowning Prevention Group Seeks "Lifesaver Of The Year"

National Drowning Prevention Alliance logoThe National Drowning Prevention Alliance and USA Swimming Foundation are co-sponsoring a national competition in search of the 2011 Lifesaver of the Year. The groups are taking nominations through Dec. 16.

"Most of the year we concentrate on the unacceptable number of lives lost due to this preventable tragedy," said Kim Burgess, NDPA executive director. "So it's wonderful to focus on those whose heroic actions prevented a tragedy. These inspiring stories will remind us all that one person can make an enormous difference in the world."

Nominators should visit www.facebook.com/NationalDrowningPreventionAlliance, click the "Lifesaver of the Year" contest tab on the left and upload a photo and essay about the nominee. The essay should detail the nominee's heroism in a water-related incident. Lifeguards, first responders or laypersons may be nominated.

The winner will receive an all-expenses-paid trip for two to San Diego, where he or she will be honored at the 11th Annual National Drowning Prevention Symposium set for March 7-10, 2012. For more information, or to register for the symposium visit www.ndpa.org.

NDPA and USA Swimming Foundation will select 10 finalists. Public voting will begin Jan. 4, 2012 and votes will be collected for one month.

About National Drowning Prevention Alliance:The National Drowning Prevention Alliance is a volunteer-driven 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded in 2004. NDPA members are dedicated to preventing drowning for all age groups in all bodies of water through public education, advocacy and strategic partnerships.

About USA Swimming FoundationThe USA Swimming Foundation serves as the philanthropic arm of USA Swimming. Established in 2004, the Foundation works to strengthen the sport by saving lives and building champions.

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