I Promise School Partnership
Simone partnered with LeBron James' I Promise School, the USA Swimming Foundation, and Akron YMCA to provide free swim lessons to I Promise students over the summer. The inaugural swim camp took place in June 2019, offering cost-free lessons to 140 attendees. Of those attending, 125 – nearly 90% – had never been in the water before. The camp was the launching pad for a larger partnership between Simone and I Promise, rooted in her commitment to save lives through swim lessons by reinforcing the importance of water safety through programming in schools. She continues to push for diversity and access in the sport, because swimming is a life saving skill that everyone should be offered.