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The Lithonia Dolphins is a summer swim team that calls the county pool located in Lithonia City Park home. The team was created in the 1970s and by 1988 was located in the Brook Glen Subdivision as the Brook Glen Dolphins. In 1995, the team changed it's name and relocated to its current Lithonia City Park location. The team is the County's only African-American summer swim team dedicated to saving lives.

The vision of the team is to bring the joy of swimming to young people, especially African-Americans and other ethnic minority groups who may not have regarded swimming as a viable sport for their children's participation.

One of the missions of the team is to address the startling statistic that "70% of African American children, 60% of Latino children and 40% of Caucasian children have low or no swimming ability" (USA Swimming Foundation). In addressing this crisis, we at Lithonia view swimming as a "life sport" and not just recreation. Studies have shown that "participation in formal swimming lessons can reduce the likelihood of childhood drowning by 88%". (USA Swimming Foundation) Learning to swim not only prevents drowning; it can also prevent other water safety non-fatal injuries. For every child less than 15 years old who dies from drowning in a pool, another 10 receive emergency department care for nonfatal submersion injuries. Nonfatal drowning can cause brain damage that may result in long-term disabilities including memory problems, learning disabilities, and permanent injuries." (National Drowning Prevention Alliance)

In keeping with our vision, the Lithonia Dolphins offer the County's most affordable quality "Learn to Swim Program?. We are proud of the fact that our children join our Learn to Swim Program as early as 4 years old and continue to swim with us until 18. Our alumni range from Georgia lifeguards to candidates for the U.S. National Olympic Swimming Team. Some of our alumni earn swimming scholarships to college and a select few have returned as coaches while attending school. That is the Lithonia Family Distinction. We are not just a team, we are Family.

So come join us for the 2014 Dekalb Swim League season at Lithonia - Where Dolphins Swim For Life!