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Pope Wants All Kids to Learn How to Swim After Saving Drowning Boy

After saving a child from drowning two weeks ago, Chiefs tight end Leonard Pope is is redirecting part of his foundation’s focus to emphasize swimming lessons for youngsters.

Pope’s C.H.A.M.P. Foundation, which works primarily with children, will now emphasize water safety in addition to other objectives.

Pope was honored this past weekend by the mayor of Americus, Ga., Pope’s hometown. Pope, who’s not under contract with an NFL team for the 2011 season, was attending a youngster’s pool party June 11 when 6-year-old Bryson Moore slipped into the deep end. His mother, Joann, called to other patrons for help, and Pope reacted, running through the house and jumping into the pool. Pope handed the youngster back to his mother, and after a smack between his shoulders to clear any water from his airways, young Bryson was fine.

Pople told The Kansas City Star two days later that his own mother emphasized water safety when he and his brother were children, and they were eventually given a medallion when they learned to swim.

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