Anthony Ervin and Rowdy Gaines Make A Splash in Godfrey

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A pair of Olympic gold medal-winning swimmers will teach area residents about the importance of learning to swim as part of the Make A Splash Tour Tuesday at Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey.

Each year more than 3,400 people die from drowning in the United States, 700 of which are children. But that does not have to be according to Wood River Refinery Government and Community Relations Director Melissa Erker.

“Why we are so excited about it is at the refinery and in our Phillips 66 culture we talk about the importance of safety,” Erker said. “And so while we practice safety each and every day out here at the refinery, it’s our ability to give our community tools to put safety and things that they do each and every day as well.”

Olympians Anthony Ervin and Rowdy Gaines will teach participants the importance of swimming at the Make A Splash Tour.

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