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Tidewater Giving Back to Community

 

Tidewater Giving Back to Community

by Ted Lund

 

Tidewater Boats, one of the nation’s leading manufacturers of family-oriented fresh and saltwater boats is helping give back to its local community by becoming a title sponsor of the 17th Annual Dam Swim For Drew in Columbia, South Carolina.

The night before the swim September 12, 2014Scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 12, the two-mile open-water swimming event is  named after 11-year-old Drew Smith who was killed at the hands of a drunken boat driver. Hosted by the Lexington High School swim team, Lexington county School Distritct, Tidewater Boats and leading Tidewater dealer Marine 360 — the event helps raise awareness of boating while intoxicated while also raising funds for an indoor community pool for the area.

“This is a great event that we’ve been a big believer in,” says Tidewater’s director of sales Jai Couture. “Drew and his father, Randy, were fishing on Lake Murray when a group of boaters made the decision to drink and boat. They rammed into Drew, resulting in his death. Having lost his life in a boating accident at the young age of 11, Drew’s life carries on in the form of a swim and run at the Lake Murray Dam.”

Soon after Drew’s tragic death, South Carolina Lawmakers passed The Boating Safety and Reform Act of 1999 — also known as “Drew’s Law” – which recognizes a death at the hands of drunken boaters to be as devastating as a death on our highways by an intoxicated driver.

Although the event is hosted by the Lexington High School swim team, it’s not your typical school fundraiser;  their goal in hosting this event and raising funds is to see an indoor pool built from which all of the community can benefit.

“Lexington County doesn’t currently have an indoor pool,” says meet director Karen Campbell.“Indoor swimming facilities provide an array of opportunities for health and fitness from infants to seniors. Rehab centers have seen a significant improvement in patients when water exercise is available. Additionally, indoor pools offer opportunities for master swimmers, triathletes, year-round swim teams, high school teams for cross training, scuba diving training, American Red Cross water safety courses, senior water aerobics, and community recreation.”

Currently, individuals must drive to the Harbison area or downtown Columbia to participate in most of these activities unless associated with a private club or association.

Those interested in making a donation or learning more about the 17th Annual Dam Swim for Drew can visit http://sites.google.com/site/lhsdamswimfordrew/home. To learn more about Tidewater and its line of family-friendly boats, visit tidewaterboats.net, call 803-732-7300, or email Sales@TideWaterBoats.net.

 

Original Source: Sportsmans Lifestyle.com

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