The black community realllllllly has some ‘splainin’ to do when it comes to the inability to swim. We are not getting our children the proper lessons they need to learn and historically, this has been a problem. So many African American adults have not learned and have passed the tradition on to their own children. Well, fortunately, one adult…ONLY ONE! at a birthday pool party last Saturday was able to swim and saved the life of a six-year old boy.
Kansas City Chiefs Tight End, Leonard Pope, dove into a swimming pool during a lifelong friend’s birthday pool party for her son, Bryson Moore, 6. His mother, Anne Moore, said “…he dove into the water without any hesitation, cell phone in his pocket and all. He saved my son’s life, and I am so thankful that he was there for me and my child.”
Pope saw a situation and did the superhero thing that any child would believe an NFL star would do. Pope told NFL Network’s Total Access show on Monday, “You know when you hear that motherly voice, and it’s something serious when they’re screaming. She was like, ‘He’s drowning!’ and I didn’t drop anything — I just dove into the water. ”
Pope is from a small town in Georgia and he was the only adult at the party that was able to swim. This story should serve as a huge wake-up call for us to get our children swimming.
Check out the heartwarming interview here.