Freestyle Pool Pass Enjoys Successful First Year
The Freestyle Pool Pass Program finished a successful first year with more than 600 passes used for the 2021 summer pool season at the Webster Groves Aquatic Center. Due to the success of the program and financial support from the community, the program will continue for the 2022 pool season.
The Freestyle Pool Pass Program was developed in the spring as a joint effort by the Alliance for Interracial Dignity, Webster Groves School District, the City of Webster Groves, and Webster Rock Hill Ministries.
“The goal of the Freestyle Pool Pass was for our community to be consciously inclusive,” said Dr. Shane Williamson, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for Webster Groves School District. “The passes were made available for any person who was interested in admission into the Webster Groves Aquatic Center but was unable to financially cover their cost.”
The Webster Groves Aquatic Center reported that 604 passes were utilized this summer. Any interested individuals using the passes were asked to self-report their residence location and the three most reported areas were:
- Webster Groves (348)
- Rock Hill (54)
- Glendale (10)
The program was funded entirely by private donations. Webster Rock Hill Ministries, the Alliance for Interracial Dignity, and the Webster Groves School district conducted a fundraiser in April 2021 that raised more than $10,000 for the program. Students were able to receive passes from their school guidance counselors, and passes were also available at Webster Rock Hill Ministries and the Aquatic Center.
While remaining funds will carry over for the 2022 pool season, community donations will be required to continue the program. Fundraising efforts are expected to resume in 2022.