The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition has selected Karen Cohn of the ZAC Foundation to receive a 2013 PCFSN Community Leadership Award. The annual award recognizes individuals or organizations who improve the lives of others by providing or enhancing opportunities to engage in sports, physical activities, fitness or nutrition-related programs.

Cohn was honored for the national water safety advocacy and outreach work performed by the organization that she and her husband, Brian, co-founded called the ZAC Foundation.

By 2014, the ZAC Foundation will have delivered to more than 3,500 children water safety training and swim instruction through week-long camps presented in partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. The Cohn family also has published its first children’s book, The Polar Bear Who Couldn’t, Wouldn’t Swim (Mascot Books, 2013), about the value of swimming and safe water practices.

“Karen Cohn has worked tirelessly to promote the importance of water safety throughout the country,” said Shellie Pfohl, executive director of the council. “Because of Karen’s efforts and contributions, countless individuals can benefit from healthier and safer aquatic lifestyles and, hopefully, the skills they have learned from the ZAC Foundation will one day save a life.”