May 3, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics forward/center Brandon Bass (30) is guarded by New York Knicks forward/center Kenyon Martin (3) during the first quarter in game six of the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Brandon Bass Joined the Boys and Girls Club for a Swim

On Friday, Brandon Bass joined the Boys and Girls Club of Boston for a swim according to the Boston Globe. What was the cause? Well, they were all swimming to promote the importance of learning how to swim. Bass, himself, doesn’t know how to swim.

In fact, Bass even went as far as to say that his son is the first person in his family to ever learn how to swim. As good as Bass is at basketball, it seems kind of weird that he doesn’t know how to swim. But this isn’t an uncommon thing–many people don’t know how to swim. This activity at the Boys and Girls Club should change that.

“My son’s the first one in the family to learn how to swim,” says Bass, a 28-year-old Celtics forward. “If you threw me out in the ocean, I would drown.”

But Bass is getting ready to change that. On Friday, he will get into the Boston Sports Club swimming pool in Waltham, the shallow end, with 10 children from the Boys & Girls Club of Boston. Together, Bass and the children will take their first swimming lesson. He will continue lessons with them for as long as his Celtics schedule permits, and when it does not, he says he will take private lessons until he learns to swim.

Though he is volunteering his time to help children conquer their fear of swimming, Bass has fears of his own. “I’m nervous, because I don’t know how to float,” he says. “I can’t tread water.”

Bass isn’t going to be a pro swimmer or anything, but its  good that he is out there showing the children that they are not alone in this. Sometimes it can be embarrassing to not know how to do something that comes so natural for others, but that is how life works sometimes. And sometimes, all you need is a little nudge to push you that extra mile to learn how to do it yourself. Credit to Bass for helping to give that nudge and credit to the Boys and Girls club of Boston for doing the same.

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