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Montgomery woman offers swimming lessons, looks to make a difference


Becca Stackhouse is making a splash with dozens of children in the indoor pool at Adventure Sports in Montgomery. "This is who I am. I love giving back," said Stackhouse.

For Stackhouse it's a chance to do something good and long-lasting. A competitive swimmer all her life, Stackhouse teaches swimming lessons to the children like Dashawna Tyrus.

"It's important to learn how to swim because you could save a life one day," said Tyrus.

Stackhouse is about to be a senior at the University of North Alabama. Stackhouse's major requires her to complete 150 hours of internship duties this summer at the Nehemiah Center in Montgomery. The center is an after school program for disadvantaged children. Stackhouse and some of the kids took a recent field trip to Auburn University's acquatic center and it was there Stackhouse saw the fear in some of the little faces.

"I knew then I had do something. I needed to get them in the water and not be afraid," said the 20-year old. 

One thing lead to another. Becca Stackhouse contacted the owner of Adventure Sports and so here we are; in the pool encouraging children to embrace the water but sometimes it's not easy. On this day we noticed a little boy who was clearly afraid and held on dearly to Becca.

"He's afraid because he can't touch the bottom but I didn't rush him to the side because he's going to need to learn to overcome the fear," said Stackhouse.

The goal is not only to conquer the fear of water but conquer fears later on in life.

"If there's something you're afraid of.. face it and if you need help get help," said Stackhouse.

That 150 internship assignment has now stretched to more than 230 hours and counting.

Becca Stackhouse.. going deep with lessons in courage.

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