Local Urban Drowning Advocacy Brings Home an Emmy

Shown L-R is Faith McGlown, Executive Director/Johnson Family YMCA, Swimming Advocate Joyce Delifus and WJXT News Anchor Amanda Devoe

The Ripple Effect – a five part series focusing on the racial disparities surrounding swimming and drowning rates in Northeast Florida has win an Emmy recently at  the 47th Annual Suncoast Emmy Awards in Hollywood, Florida.

News4Jax anchor Amanda DeVoe and her news team produced the project during the summer highlighting local drowning tragedies. The series features Hope Bartlett, a 24-old-year old reporter who drowned on the job on the St. John’s River and five-year-old Kareem Green, who drowned while on a field trip and whose mother is currently advocating for water safety laws. In addition, the series revisited the 1964 St. Augustine Swim-In and the political navigations that it took for the Black community in Jacksonville to receive new pools in their neighborhoods. The series ended with a segment on Joyce Delifus and her foundation, the Shawn D. Delifus Foundation, which teaches children and adults how to swim at the Johnson Family YMCA at no cost. “Joyce Delifus is continuing her work to make sure no child drowns in Jacksonville. We are proud of this series and excited to receive this Emmy from our peers,” said Devoe.  For free swimming lessons and more info visit: www.shawnddelifus.com.

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