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PA Lieutenant Governor Opens His State House Pool to the Public

Another example of his (and his wife's) history of coming up with creative ideas that help others.

Pennsylvania's Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman and his wife Gisele are unique people. They've got a history of coming up with big ideas--sometimes unusual, and definitely innovative--ideas that are always aimed at helping others. When other people say "that's never been done before" the Fettermans seem all the more inspired.

Here's their latest creative brainstorm: they've opened the swimming pool at the lieutenant governor's residence to the public for the first time, with the Second Lady overseeing a program to teach water safety and expose kids to swimming.

There have been recent calls to sell the Lieutenant governor's mansion. The Fettermans don't live there, preferring to keep their home in Braddock, just outside of Pittsburgh, where Lt. Governor Fetterman was the mayor and they're raising three children. Meantime they figured, why not use the pool for something good?

The Second Lady is accepting requests from nonprofits, summer camps, and organizations that serve groups that wouldn't typically have access to a swimming pool to be guests at the lieutenant governor's residence pool. The 30-by-40-foot swimming pool has gone mostly unused, but was renovated this spring for the Fettermans' project..


The Second Lady was moved to create a water safety program in part by drowning fatality statistics which are higher among African American children. "We can have a direct role in changing those statistics," she said. "Swimming comes with a painful legacy of racial segregation. If my children can swim in that pool, so should every child in Pennsylvania."

"We want children who visit the pool to learn life-saving skills and have a great experience." Gisele Fetterman

Groups can be from anywhere in Pennsylvania, but you have to provide your own transportation and lifeguards. Limited donated funds, through the U.S. Swimming Foundation's Make a Splash program , are available to assist with lifeguard costs. Click here to e-mail the Second Lady your request .

(Images: PA Department of General Services, Gisele Fetterman Twitter page , )

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