Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas
L.A. County Board of Supervisors, 2nd District
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 4, 2009 Contact: Aurelio Rojas James Bolden
2ND ANNUAL SWIM INVITATIONAL AT VICTORIA PARK
First Cinco de Mayo Mark Ridley-Thomas Swim Meet
LOS ANGELES -- Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas joined the Aquatic Foundation of Metropolitan Los Angeles (AFMLA) and Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation for the kick-off of the 2nd annual Cinco de Mayo Youth Swim Invitational, renamed the "Mark Ridley-Thomas Cinco de Mayo Invitational Swim Meet."
Twelve teams and more than 300 swimmers participated Saturday, May 2, in the swim meet in Carson. They were cheered on by a large crowd of family and friends who raised money for pool services by purchasing raffle tickets, food and beverages.
The AFMLA has been providing aquatic programs for residents of the Second District for more than 15 years. Through a public/private partnership with the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation, AFMLA has provided casual swimming and other various aquatic programs for children, adults and seniors.
Supervisor Ridley-Thomas has dedicated funding to the AFMLA to help keep community swimming pools in the Second District open beyond the close of pool season, Labor Day Weekend, September 7.
A staunch supporter of parks in his district, the Supervisor believes that programs like AFMLA provide healthy alternatives, especially for at-risk youths.
"As summer months quickly approach our youth should be in preparation to remain physically active and health conscience,” the Supervisor said. ”Our community parks can be utilized as resources for continued learning outside of the traditional school year."
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