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Chicago Park District aims to educate youth, break world record

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - Many Chicagoans participated in a giant swim class Friday. Not only were they learning to swim, but they also tried to break a world record.

The Chicago Park District organized the class in an effort to break the record for the world's largest swim lesson.

Sadly, the leading cause of unintended, injury related death for children between 1 and 5 years old id drowning. The event, held at 77 swimming pools across the city, was put together by the Chicago Park District to spread awareness about the importance of swimming. Research shows that participating in formal swim lessons can reduce the risk of drowning by 88 percent.

"In addition to many health benefits, swimming is a critical life skill that all children should master," said Michael Kelly, General Superintendent and CEO of the Chicago Park District. "We hope this event will help raise awareness in our communities that swimming lessons save lives."

Kelly said children don't realize how much they are learning while being a part of world history.

The current world record for the world's largest swim class is 32,450 participants representing 13 different countries across five continents. It will take about one or two weeks to know if Chicago broke the world record.

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