USA Swimming Foundation Announces College Swimming Coaches Association of America as Charitable Partner
The USA Swimming Foundation has named the College Swimming Coaches Association of America as an official Charitable Partner.
Through the USA Swimming Foundation’s Charitable Partnership program, the Foundation seeks to provide industry colleagues with the opportunity to focus their fundraising and volunteer efforts on a cause linked to their core mission. Additionally, Charitable Partners agree to provide the USA Swimming Foundation with financial resources to further its mission of saving lives and building champions – in the pool and in life.
“The USA Swimming Foundation is pleased to partner with the College Swimming Coaches Association of America to raise critical funds for the USA Swimming Foundation’s mission,” said USA Swimming Foundation Executive Director Debbie Hesse. “Together, we can provide even more children across America with the lifesaving gift of learning to swim, regardless of their ability to pay for swim lessons.”
As a Charitable Partner, the College Swimming Coaches Association of America will promote the USA Swimming Foundation’s Make a Splash initiative to the CSCAA national network of colleges and universities, encouraging them to enroll their learn-to-swim programs with the Foundation’s Make a Splash initiative as Local Partners. CSCAA will promote the USA Swimming Foundation’s Swim-a-ThonTM program as a fundraising opportunity to the CSCAA national network of colleges and universities. Additionally, College Swimming Coaches Association of America named the USA Swimming Foundation as the beneficiary for their 2013 CSCAA Convention Golf Tournament.
"The College Swimming Coaches Association of America is proud to partner with the USA Swimming Foundation,” said CSCAA Executive Director Joel Shinofield. “We believe that we can help expand their Make a Splash Initiative to collegiate facilities across the U.S. and look forward to further developing our annual golf tournament to benefit that effort and the USA Swimming Foundation as a whole. As someone who has coached at both the club and collegiate level, I can’t think of a better partnership to advance the mission of the Foundation: saving lives and building champions."
The USA Swimming Foundation’s Make a Splash initiative is the national, child-focused water safety initiative of the USA Swimming Foundation aimed to provide every child in America with the opportunity to learn to swim, regardless of their ability to pay for lessons.
Sobering Drowning Statistics
Approximately 10 people drown every day in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and more than one in five fatal drowning victims are children younger than 14. Drowning is also a silent killer—most young children who drowned in pools were last seen in the home, had been out of sight less than five minutes, and were in the care of one or both parents at the time, according to the Present P. Child Drowning study.
Furthermore, 70 percent of African American children, 60 percent of Hispanic/Latino children, and 40 percent of Caucasian children have low or no swimming ability, and only 13 percent of kids who come from a non-swimming household will ever learn to swim, according to a national research study by the USA Swimming Foundation and the University of Memphis.
About the USA Swimming Foundation
The USA Swimming Foundation serves as the philanthropic arm of USA Swimming. Established in 2004, the Foundation works to strengthen the sport by saving lives and building champions— in the pool and in life. Whether we’re equipping our children with the life-saving skill of learn-to-swim, or providing financial support to our heroes on the U.S. National Team, the USA Swimming Foundation aims to provide the wonderful experience of swimming to kids at all levels across the country. The Foundation also serves as the home for our National and Olympic Team Alumni reunions and regional events. The development efforts of the USA Swimming Foundation aim to establish an endowment to strengthen the future of USA Swimming’s programs and services. To learn more, visit www.usaswimmingfoundation.org.
About Make a Splash
Make a Splash is the national child-focused water safety initiative of the USA Swimming Foundation, and was created in 2007 with the goal of providing every child in America with the opportunity to learn to swim, regardless of their ability to pay for swim lessons. Make a Splash partners with learn-to-swim providers across the country to provide swimming lessons and to educate children on the importance of learning how to swim. Local Partner programs provide training programs (including certified instructors, resources and quality programming) to help children become safer around the water and share with them a lifelong physical fitness activity. To date, the Foundation has invested millions of dollars to provide grants to Make a Splash Local Partner learn-to-swim programs, to spread national awareness, and to share the lifesaving message of learn-to-swim across the country.
About College Swimming Coaches Association:
Founded in 1922, the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) – the oldest organization of college coaches in America -is a professional organization of college swimming and diving coaches dedicated to serving and providing leadership for the advancement of the sport of swimming at the collegiate level.
In cooperation with our sister organizations – USA Swimming, the American Swimming Coaches Association, United States Masters Swimming and the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association – the CSCAA is dedicated to promoting the benefits of the sport of swimming at all levels and throughout the life cycle.
The CSCAA recognizes outstanding achievements by coaches and swimmers; promotes communication and cooperation both within the sport of swimming and with our fellow Olympic sports; protects, promotes and seeks to expand competitive intercollegiate swimming programs; recommends rules and regulations to the NCAA; sponsors events; certifies new coaches; provides ongoing educational and leadership training for coaches and athletes; and serves as a source of information to its membership and for the general public.