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You may have seen his feature story on the front page of the Los Angeles Times, watched his interviews on CBS News, or watchd along as he won at the Paralympic Games.

As a representative of the United Nations Envoy on Youth, in partnership with Team USA & The SoCal Swim Project (an initiative of the Swim Up Hill Foundation), Paralympic Medalist Jamal Hill has pledged to share his story and provide as many elementary students as he can with activities and edutainment resources surrounding disability awareness, swim education, and celebrating differences this school year.

Our partnership team has identified your school as a school that may be a good fit for Jamal to speak to in a general assembly or large classroom presentation this Spring 2023.

As an awardee, your school will receive a 30-minute live address from Jamal Hill, Copies of an animated children's book Sammy Swims (2-4th graders while supplies last), a teacher's guide for mixing classroom education with swim education, and a printable coloring book for all students.

Through this partnership, all resources and attendance have been sponsored by donors. 

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100 schools 

are eligible to receive a visit this school year.

As much as he'd like to, Jamal won't be able to visit every school in Southern California. Since your school was a specially selected school, you will be assigned a date and a 30-minute time window based on your district.

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Your students will be inspired by a Champion

Jamal grew up in Southern California and is from where many of your students are.  His unique way of sharing the importance of disability awareness, swim education, and celebrating differences will stick with your students through the school year.

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A story about overcoming fear and learning to swim

Jamal's 30-minute message is appropriate for all ages. In addition to a verbal message many students will take home this children's book, Samy Swims, which is at a 2nd-4th grade reading level. Free hard copies will be given to 2nd - 4th-grade students while supplies last.

Complete with teacher's guide

Sammy's swim journey is an opportunity to entertain and challenge students through fun storytelling. Every teacher receives a curriculum guide incorporating math, social-emotional learning, English language arts, social studies, and community-building skills like "How to be a Friend, into pre-prepared lesson plans.

Downloadable coloring activities

This activity book is separate from the hardcover, Sammy Swims, with illustrations. It will encourage students to express their artistic side while providing teachers with another in-class resource tool.

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Upon request, any school interested will receive enrollment vouchers for no-cost youth swim lessons to provide their student body.

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"Hill embodies a combination of the competitive swimming
spirit of Michael Phelps with the self-determination, community advocacy and direct agency of Nipsey Hussle."

- Mike Sonksen, KCET