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The Joey Pizzano Memorial Fund. Improving the lives of children with special needs and their families. JPMF Make-a-Splash: Learn to be safe and have fun in and around the water. Safe Kids Worldwide Child Injury Prevention Conference

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The Joey Pizzano Memorial Fund

Improving the lives of children with special needs and their families

JPMF Make-a-Splash: Learn to be safe and have fun in and around the water

Safe Kids Worldwide

Child Injury Prevention Conference

October 14-18, 2008 – Washington DC

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The Joey Pizzano Memorial Fund

Improving the lives of children with special needs and their families

How it all Came About…

Joey Pizzano, a wonderful 6-year old child with a developmental disability, died in a tragic drowning accident in 1998.

His bright smile and love of life touched many people and his family founded the Joey Pizzano Memorial Fund (JPMF) to celebrate his life and carry on his memory.

The mission of JPMF is to “improve the lives of children with special needs and their families”.

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The Joey Pizzano Memorial Fund

Improving the lives of children with special needs and their families

How it all Came About…

The Make a Splash program was designed to share Joey’s love of water with other children with special needs. The program teaches individuals with disabilities to “be safe and have fun in and around the water”.

The program is based on 5 safety rules developed specifically for individuals with disabilities.

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The JPMF Make a Splash Program

Learn to be safe and have fun in and around the water

  • This unique program
  • is geared toward children and young adults with special needs
  • pairs volunteer “swim buddies” with each participant
  • based on 5 basic safety rules
  • has an accompanying activity and program guide
  • exposes participants to a life long leisure activity
  • keeps kids safe!!!
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The JPMF Make a Splash Program

Learn to be safe and have fun in and around the water

A unique program

for a unique population

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The JPMF Make a Splash Program

Learn to be safe and have fun in and around the water

  • The 5 Basic SAFETY RULES are the FOUNDATION of Make a Splash
  • Always Swim with a Buddy
  • No Running, No Pushing
  • STOP…LOOK…LISTEN When the Lifeguard Blows the Whistle
  • Blow bubbles when under water
  • Stand up, put feet down when in trouble
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The JPMF Make a Splash Program

Learn to be safe and have fun in and around the water

RULE 1 : Always Swim with a Buddy

Sample Activity from guide:

Title: THE MATCH GAME (Animal Noises)

Materials: Participant and swim buddy

Procedure: At the beginning of the session,

designate an animal noise that only the two

of you will have (quack, moo, woof, etc.)

Suggestions: Do it at random & planned times

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The JPMF Make a Splash Program

Learn to be safe and have fun in and around the water

  • RULE 2: No Running, No Pushing

“when you run, you can’t have fun. When you push and shove, you don’t show love. No push, no run, be safe, have fun!”

Sample Activity from guide:

Title: RECITE THE RULES JINGLE

Materials: Participant and swim buddy

Procedure: First recite the jingle and have

Them listen, then have them join in

Suggestions: Try the jingle in a round

Strategies for when running occurs:

  • Have participant show you how a turtle walks
  • Remind them of quiet feet
  • Repeat the jingle
  • Notify staff member, have them sit out awhile
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The JPMF Make a Splash Program

Learn to be safe and have fun in and around the water

RULE 3: STOP…LOOK…LISTEN When the Lifeguard Blows the Whistle

“Stop, look and listen when the whistle blows. First you use your eyes and ears, and then you do as you are told.”

Sample Activity from guide:

Title: FREEZE SWIM

Materials: Radio, whistle, lifeguard (preferable but not a must)

Procedure: Play music from the radio and have the participants

Swim and dance to the music. Then cut the music off and

simultaneously blow the whistle. When this occurs

The participants stop, look, and listen to whoever blew the whistle

Suggestions: Use cues such as pointing to the person who blew

the whistle to get them in the habit of looking where the

sound came from.

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The JPMF Make a Splash Program

Learn to be safe and have fun in and around the water

RULE 4: Blow bubbles when under water

“Head below, bubbles blow”

Sample Activity from guide:

Title: PING PONG CATCH

Materials: A ping pong ball and straws

Procedure: Play pass with a ping pong ball (without straw)

By floating the ball on the water and practicing

Blowing it back and forth to each other.

Suggestions: If the activity gets too easy, try it with a straw

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The JPMF Make a Splash Program

Learn to be safe and have fun in and around the water

RULE 5: Stand up, put feet down when in trouble

Sample Activity from guide:

Title: “ROCK-A-BY-BABY”

Materials: Participant and swim buddy

Procedure: Have the swim buddy cradle their participant in their arms

and swing back and forth while singing. When the song is over, drop

the participant from just above the surface into water to have them

practice putting their feet on the ground.

Suggestions: Stand over the participant with your hands under the

water ready to pull them up at a moments notice if they are not

finding their footing right away.

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The JPMF Make a Splash Program

Learn to be safe and have fun in and around the water

VOLUNTEERS are KEY to the Success of Make-a-Splash

  • 1 to 1 ratio ensures that individuals of varying abilities are being met, can adapt lesson plans
  • Exposes and educates the community on individuals with disabilities
  • JPMF funds lifeguarding certification classes for volunteers, thus increasing awareness among future lifeguards
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The JPMF Make a Splash Program

Learn to be safe and have fun in and around the water

Make a Splash Program Requirements

The program can look different at different locations, but there are certain components that every make a splash program must follow:

  • Volunteers – swim buddies
  • Program Curriculum & Activity guide
  • 5 JPMF Safety Rules
  • Adaptable lesson plans
  • Trained instructor to lead the class
  • ENTHUSIASM!!!
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The JPMF Make a Splash Program

Learn to be safe and have fun in and around the water

Positive Impacts of JPMF Make a Splash

  • Increases the number of individuals with disabilities that are safe in and around the water
  • Introduces new leisure skill to improve health and well being
  • Increases confidence and independence of swimmers
  • Teaches a lifelong leisure skill they can participate in as a family
  • Connects volunteers to the community
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The JPMF Make a Splash Program

Learn to be safe and have fun in and around the water

Make a Splash Growth in Fairfax County

The JPMF Make a Splash Water Safety Program in partnership with Fairfax Co. Department of Community and Recreation Services was first piloted in 2001 with 50 swimmers at one site.

Over the next 7 years, the program developed and built popularity.

It is currently offered at 12 sites and has served over 3,000 children with special needs.

JPMF is ready to EXPAND into new areas…

  • Recent completion of Activity Guide and Program Guide
  • New Make a Splash Grant Program
  • Accompanying training video in development
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The JPMF Make a Splash Program

Learn to be safe and have fun in and around the water

Why Make a Splash in your neighborhood?

There is a need…

  • An estimated 5000 children, ages 14 and under are hospitalized due to unintentional drowning related accidents each year
  • There is an Increase in individuals being diagnosed with disabilities each year
  • There is a growing trend in serving individuals with disabilities in their own community
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The JPMF Make a Splash Program

Learn to be safe and have fun in and around the water

Why Make a Splash in your neighborhood?

AND there is an easy solution…

  • JPMF has done the legwork for you
  • It’s proven to be a successful program
  • Comes with a polished and comprehensive program curriculum and activity guide

JOIN OUR TEAM!!!

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For more information visitwww.jpmf.org

JPMF Make a Splash Grant applications can be found at: www.VRPS.com

Thank You!

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