The ZAC Foundation Returns to The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities Joined by Abbey’s Hope and the YMCA, to Host Second Local ZAC Camp on July 25, 2016.

ST. PAUL- (July 19, 2016) - In continuation of a national partnership dedicated to bringing water safety education to the communities that need it most, national water-safety organization, The ZAC Foundation will be joined by Minnesota-based pool-safety organization, Abbey’s Hope Charitable Foundation, to host The ZAC Foundation’s award-winning ZAC Camp at the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities. This is the second year The ZAC Foundation has selected the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities through its grant program. The camp will include a visit from Olympic Gold Medalist and NBC Olympic Swimming Analyst Rowdy Gaines, who will be teaching campers water safety lessons both in and out of the pool.

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Twin Cities Residents Gather for Fourth Annual World's Largest Swimming Lesson

MINNEAPOLIS – (June 24, 2016) – Hundreds of Twin Cities children gathered Friday afternoon at North Commons Water Park for the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson, learning life-saving techniques and raising water safety awareness.

As part of a partnership between Abbey’s Hope Charitable Foundation and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, lifeguards and instructors taught 300 children of all ages and abilities various crucial skills. Two 30-minute lessons covered entering and exiting the water, breathing and submerging, floating, and proper swimming strokes.

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Abbey's Hope Brings World's Largest Swimming Lesson to North Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS – (June 13, 2016) – As part of its mission to prevent childhood drowning incidents, Abbey’s Hope Charitable Foundation is partnering with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board to host the fourth annual World’s Largest Swimming Lesson on Friday, June 24. This free, open-to-the-public event will take place at North Commons Water Park for the first time.

Water safety and education are crucial for every community,” said Abbey’s Hope co-founder and chairman Scott Taylor. “We are proud to partner with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board to host this important event and promote water safety. The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson allows us to share our important message with the Twin Cities.”

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Powerful Abbey's Hope Television Spot Reminds Adults To Pay Attention And Prevent Childhood Drowning

MINNEAPOLIS (May 3, 2016) – Considering nearly 90 percent of child drowning deaths occur with an adult nearby, Abbey's Hope Charitable Foundation is releasing a chilling set of television and radio PSAs imploring adults to pay attention to children swimming nearby.

Scott and Katey Taylor founded Abbey’s Hope after their 6-year-old daughter Abigail died in 2008 as a result of injuries sustained from an improperly maintained pool drain cover. Over time, the organization has transitioned its message to additionally include prevention of childhood drownings via active supervision and its Water Watchdog program.

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Abbey’s Hope encourages caution on the ice this winter

Minnesota's annual icing-over provides plenty of opportunities for frozen fun, including skating, hockey, ice fishing and snowmobiling.

But it can also pose serious threats when proper precautions are ignored. According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, there have been 26 ice-related fatalities in Minnesota since 2008.

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Abbey’s Hope reminds parents to stay alert at indoor pools and waterparks

The ground is beginning to thaw, but families continue to battle cabin fever this time of year by visiting indoor pools and water parks. Caution should be taken, however, to practice the same diligent supervision required when children are swimming outside.

As we patiently await warm temperatures to swim outdoors, families are beating boredom by taking weekend trips and passing time at hotel pools and indoor waterparks,” said Katey Taylor, Abbey’s Hope co-founder and mother of Abbey Taylor, who died of complications from injuries due to an improperly maintained pool drain. “Some adults assume that indoor hotel and school pools are less dangerous than beaches or larger outdoor pools, and this can lead to inconsistent pool supervision.”

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Never Take a Vacation from Safety

MINNEAPOLIS (Dec.18, 2015) – As winter sets in and people begin planning warm-weather getaways, Abbey’s Hope Charitable Foundation reminds parents to keep a watchful eye on their children while at the beach, on a cruise or staying at a resort this winter.

“Families across the country will be escaping the cold for better climates, and that means swimming and other fun water sports and activities,” said Katey Taylor, co-founder of Abbey’s Hope and mother of Abbey Taylor, who died of complications from injuries due to an improperly maintained pool drain. "Pools, spas and open bodies of water always pose a risk. Drowning or entrapment can happen in a matter of seconds. Remember to be vigilant and make sure an adult is watching children at all times. No family vacation should end in tragedy.”

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The Dragonfly Story

Excerpted from the eulogy at Abbey Taylor's Celebration of Life Service

Below the surface of a quiet pond lived a colony of water bugs. They were happy, living far from the sun. But they noticed that occasionally, a member of their colony would climb up a lily stalk and disappear from sight, never to return. Where do you suppose she went? wondered a water bug.

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Pool Safety Tips

  • Use the Water Watchdog System to make sure children are always closely supervised in the pool area.

  • Remind kids to stay away from pool and hot tub drains.

  • Never dive into water less than 9 feet deep.

  • Keep gates to the pool area latched.

More water safety tips