“We want to make sure the staff reflects the community and that in every program area,” said Erika Binger, Founding Director and Coach.
MINNEAPOLIS – “What we want to do is really leverage the excellence of our community,” said Malik Rucker, director of community engagement and partnerships with the new V3 Center, a health and welfare which will soon be called Plymouth. and the intersection of Lyndale Avenue in north Minneapolis, home.
“Providing opportunities for our community and our kids to try different things,” Rucker said.
V3 purchased the property in 2017 and began fundraising, taking a year-long hiatus during the pandemic.
“We started fundraising before the pandemic hit, so that set us back a bit,” said founding director and coach Erika Binger. “Now we are able to innovate and make it a reality.”
In the United States, drowning is one of the leading causes of death in children between the ages of one and four. And in swimming pools, black children ages 10 to 14 are drowning at rates 7.6 times higher than white children, according to recent CDC data.
Rucker says the center’s first phase will focus on swimming lessons, among other things.
“Educational pool, fitness center, classrooms, daycare, partner retail spaces,” he said. “We strive to address health and wellbeing inequalities and drowning disparities.”
Phase 2 will include the Olympic-sized 50-meter pool, used during the 2021 U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials in Omaha, Nebraska, making it a space that serves as a regional attraction, while serving as an employment resource for communities surrounding.
“We want to make sure the staff reflects the community and that in every program area,” Binger said. “We’re going to be a source of healthy people who can contribute to a healthy community,” Rucker said.
A first sod is scheduled for Friday.
The Phase 1 project will take 12-14 months and is expected to be completed in early 2024.
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