2015 Make a Splash Tour Presented by Phillips 66

The USA Swimming Foundation seeks to raise national awareness about the importance of learning to swim through its Make a Splash initiative. Each year, the Foundation embarks on a national awareness tour which visits cities across America to spread the lifesaving message of learn-to-swim.

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This year marks the seventh year of the Make a Splash Tour presented by Phillips 66, which has visited more than 40 cities nationwide. The tour has received extensive national media exposure in outlets such as Sports Illustrated, the Today Show, HBO Real Sports and more. 


Throughout the month of June the Foundation, Phillips 66, and USA Swimming Foundation ambassadors Cullen Jones, Conor Dwyer, Jessica Hardy, Christine Magnuson and Rowdy Gaines will visit four cities across the country to promote the importance of learning to swim to families nationwide. Our ambassadors' commitment to the tour and its lifesaving message helps enhance publicity and expand the reach of the Make a Splash campaign to a wide audience of parents, learn-to-swim providers, educators, and community leaders. The 2015 tour consists of the following events in the cities listed below:

Townhall Meetings: A panel of speakers will talk about the importance of learning to swim. The panel includes: our athlete ambassador(s), and representatives from the USA Swimming Foundation, Phillips 66, and the local community. Dates and details are below:

June 4 in Freeport, TX: 5:30-7pm at Riverplace, 733 Mystery Harbor Land, 77541 

Olympians Cullen Jones and Rowdy Gaines


June 5 in Alliance, LA: 11:30am-12:45pm at Belle Chasse YMCA, 8101 Highway 23, 70037

Olympians Jessica Hardy and Rowdy Gaines


June 22 in San Antonio, TX: 6-7pm at Holmes High School, 6500 Ingram Road, 78238

Olympians Cullen Jones and Rowdy Gaines

Snacks will be provided


Kick-off Event: On June 11-13, 2015, the tour team will visit Chicago, IL to kick-off summer swimming lessons and promote swimming and water safety through national media exposure and local events. Dates and event details below. 


Thursday, June 11: Olympians Cullen Jones and Conor Dwyer will throw out the first pitch at the Chicago Cubs game. 

Friday, June 12: Meet and greet with Olympians Cullen Jones, Conor Dwyer, and Jessica Hardy at Pioneer Court, 401 N. Michigan Ave., from 4 - 6pm.  Attn Volunteers: Meet at the 3-D chalk pool in
        Pioneer Court at 3:45pm and ask for Tina Dessart.


Saturday, June 13: Olympians Cullen Jones, Conor Dwyer, Jessica Hardy, and Christine Magnuson will visit Make a Splash Local Partner programs and assist in providing free swimming assessments for children in the community. While at each pool, they will sign autographs,take photos, and encourage ALL attendees to sign up for swimming lessons. The event locations and details are 



9am-10:30am:     2pm - 3:30pm:  
Portage Park Pool

 4100 N. Long Ave, 60641     High Ridge YMCA  2424 W. Touhy Ave, 60645 

Homan Square Park

 3517 W. Arthington St.,  60624    Washington Park  Pool 
 5531 S. MLK Drive, 60637

Humboldt Park  Pool 

 958 N. Sacramento Ave,  60622    Irving Park YMCA  4251 W. Irving Park Rd,  60641

 Foster Park 

 1440 W. 84th St., 60620    South Side YMCA  6330 S. Stony Island Ave,  60637

If you have questions about the USA Swimming Foundation's Make a Splash initiative, or about our annual Make a Splash Tour presented by Phillips 66, please contact Tina Dessart.

Learn more about past Make a Splash Tour stops!


The 2014 Make a Splash Tour presented by Phillips 66 included stops in:

CA, IL, NJ, and TX. Click here to learn more. 


In 2013 the Make a Splash Tour presented by Phillips 66 visited:

LA, NY, and OK. Click here to read more. 



2014 Make a Splash Tour in Long Beach

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