Working to save lives and build champions

The USA Swimming Foundation raises funds to support programs that save lives and build champions–in the pool and in life.


As the philanthropic arm of USA Swimming, the USA Swimming Foundation works to strengthen the sport from grassroots to gold medals.


Saving Lives

Did you know?

  • Ten people drown each day in the United States*
  • 70% of African American children, 60% of Latino children, and 40% of Caucasian children have low or no swimming ability.**
  • Participation in formal swim lessons can reduce the likelihood of childhood drowning by 88%***

Building Champions

USA Swimming has been the #1 swimming nation in the world for more than 50 years. The USA Swimming Foundation is committed to supporting our U.S. National Swim Team athletes and coaches, providing them with funding that is critical to their pursuit of athletic success.


Get Involved!

We invite our friends and fans across the country to help us achieve our goals by getting involved as2015 Annual Report a donor,fundraiser, event attendee or volunteer. To learn more about the USA Swimming Foundation,

click here to view our 2015 Annual Report.


mission statement

The USA Swimming Foundation raises funds to support programs that save lives and build champions in the pool

and in life.

*Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

**National research study commissioned by the USA Swimming Foundation and conducted by the University of Memphis (2010)

***As of 6/1/12

Saving lives through make a splash

The USA Swimming Foundation’s Make a Splash initiative is a national child-focused water safety campaign, which aims to provide the opportunity for every child in America to learn to swim.

Through Make a Splash, the USA Swimming Foundation partners with learn-to-swim providers and water safety advocates across the country to provide swimming lessons and educate children and their families on the importance of learning how to swim.


The USA Swimming Foundation has invested millions of dollars to provide grants to qualified Local Partner learn-to-swim programs, to spread national awareness, and to bring together strategic partners to end drowning.

To date, more than 3.4 million children have received the lifesaving gift of swim lessons through the USA Swimming Foundation's Make a Splash Local Partner network, comprised of nearly 700 qualified lesson providers across the nation.

Building Champions

The sport of swimming provides its participants with the tools needed to become a champion in all aspects of life. The USA Swimming Foundation is dedicated to supporting the pursuit of excellence for swimmers at all levels across our sport, from age-group swimmers to U.S. Olympic hopefuls. Partner with the USA Swimming Foundation to build champions and create a legacy for future generations of swimmers.
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