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GREENSBORO, N.C. — The Greensboro Aquatic Center joined forces with Autism Unbound and local Subway restaurants on Saturday to teach children with autism swimming safety.

Up to 90% of wandering-related deaths involving autistic children are due to drownings, according to the National Autism Association.

The NAS also says that one in 59 children in the U.S. are diagnosed with autism.

The Aquatic Center expected around 40 to 50 kids to participate in the event that ran from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

“Safety is always our number one priority with autistic children, particularly where water is concerned,” said Krystal Ketner, secretary of the Autism Unbound Board of Directors. “We are thrilled to be partnering with both the Greensboro Aquatic Center and Subway® Restaurants for the opportunity to educate not only the children but their entire families on water safety practices and enjoyment.”

Clay Hering, college swimmer for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, joined in on the fun.

This is the fifth year the Aquatic Center has held the Subway Swim Day.