WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Purdue President Mitch Daniels trades Hovde Hall for the Boilermaker Aquatic Center to encourage adults to learn how to swim.
Daniels and three others swam laps to raise donations for the Swimming Saves Lives Foundation. Organized by U.S. Masters Swimming, the foundation helps teach adults to conquer their fears and learn how to swim.
Daniels said it can save your life and keep you in shape.
“I give swimming credit. I still have my knees. I still have my hips. It’s a good mix, but I just want to stress. I just think that it’s real important that people get some kind of exercise somehow and swimming’s terrific,” said Daniels.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, roughly 10 Americans die each day due to drowning. The CDC estimates 37 percent of American adults are unable to swim 25 yards.