As his time approaches to accept his most prestigious accomplishment entering the Hall of Fame, Andre Dawson still finds time in his busy schedule to continue his mission with Baby Otter Swim School in Plantation Florida to help stop these senseless drownings. He also finds time to visit their pool located at Temple Kol Ami Emanu-El to coach the kids in their day camp.

Mr. Dawson will be making an appearance at the Temple’s day camp on Monday July 21, 2009 to help teach little ones the ins and outs of baseball., In addition he will jump into the pool with them hoping they understand the importance of leaning how to swim. Four years ago Andre learned how to swim from the coaches at Baby Otter Swim School and now hopes children and adults of all ages benefit like he did from their incredible teaching abilities and love for what they do.

Andre has been an advocate of the school for many years and hopes to open centers in Florida and Chicago making swimming lessons available to everyone. For more information on the camp please go to For swimming lessons please tour the baby otter swim school’s website at or their very informative blog

This summer includes two important milestones for Dawson. In July, Dawson will be inducted into one of the most prestigious communities in sports: the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame. One month later,in August ,Andre, who was nicknamed “The Hawk” for his drive & tenacity, is devoting his focus & applying his famous work ethic to a noble cause: child drowning prevention.

“Throughout my career, I have tried to use my position to help as many people as possible,” Dawson said. “The Baby Otter Scholarship and Education Fund has given me a greater opportunity to help people, children in particular, more than any other charitable effort of which I have been involved.”