Charleston County Parks Safe Swimming Program

According to his mother, Jennifer Holmes, Genesis loved nature and animals. By the age of 13, he was already trying to save every stray animal he saw.

After drowning, Rosebrock says Genesis’ mother turned her heartbreak into something amazing for the Charleston County community. She helped start the Genesis Swim Safety Program, and in 2019, the county’s first rural swimming pool was opened in Hollywood by CCPRC and named after Genesis.

“I’m thankful for God’s power to keep me going,” said Jennifer Holmes. I was able to create a legacy for Genesis. I could never have imagined that.”

HOW CAN YOU HELP

With a mission to improve the quality of life in Charleston County, CCPRC operates over 11,000 acres including regional parks, beach parks, a historic plantation, landmark fishing piers, water parks, boat launches, a rock climbing wall, a challenge course, an interpretive center, an equestrian center, cottages, a Campground, marina and event facilities. CCPRC also offers a variety of recreational services – festivals, camps, classes, programs and dog parks.

The Charleston County Parks Foundation is the nonprofit arm of the parks that allows people to donate to programs that can further the parks system’s mission. “We want to provide access for all residents, whether it’s in McClellanville, Hollywood, downtown North Charleston, or downtown Charleston,” Rosebrock said.

You can donate to the Genesis Swim Safety Program at CharlestonCountyParksFoundation.org.

When asked how the success of the swim program makes her feel, Genesis’ mother doesn’t hesitate: “I’m overjoyed and my eyes fill with tears of joy! When I go to the Genesis Pool at the West County Aquatic Center and see so many kids swimming, many stop and say, ‘Look Miss Holmes, I’m swimming!’”

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