USA Swimming Foundation Awards Nearly $300K in Make a Splash Grants


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The USA Swimming Foundation has granted out nearly $300,000 to help local partners in 20 states provide children with life-saving learn-to-swim instruction for free or at a reduced cost. More than 120 applications were received, and 41 Local Partners have been selected as recipients of 2012 Make a Splash grants. Make a Splash is the national, child-focused water safety initiative of the USA Swimming Foundation. Make a Splash partners with more than 515 learn-to-swim providers in 47 states in an effort to provide the opportunity for every child in America to learn to swim.

“With this funding, our local partners are able to provide swimming lessons to children who otherwise may never gain the life-saving skill of learn-to-swim,” said Debbie Hesse, Executive Director of the USA Swimming Foundation. “While the USA Swimming Foundation is incredibly proud to have reached more than a million kids, our work is just beginning, and we are incredibly grateful to our donors and corporate partners who continue to help us fund this vital initiative and provide this opportunity to children across the nation.”

The USA Swimming Foundation grants out money to partner organizations on an annual basis, and, to date, has granted more than $2.1M. Grants are made possible by the generous support of donors, foundations and corporate partners.

Since June, 2007, more than 1.2 million children have taken lessons though local Make a Splash partners. These partners provide a portion of their lessons for free or at a reduced cost, or provide free water safety education in their communities.

The USA Swimming Foundation is grateful to its donors and partners who have made this year’s grants possible, specifically: ConocoPhillips, who, in addition to presenting this year’s Make a Splash Tour with Cullen Jones, has made a significant financial contribution to provide grant funding to local partner programs in the Houston area; The Elizabeth and Barets O. Benjamin Charitable Foundation; The Copses Family Foundation; The Joseph B. Gould Foundation; Illinois Swimming; and Bob and Judy Burlingham, who have generously donated funds to the Make a Splash initiative in honor of Ambrose “Rowdy” Gaines.

The USA Swimming Foundation grant recipients are (alphabetical by city/program name):
Alpena County Plaza Pool, MI
American Red Cross/New Orleans Recreation Dept., LA
Boys & Girls Club of Paterson and Passaic, NJ
Boys & Girls Club of San Dieguito, CA
Caldwell Family YMCA, ID
Canton City Schools, OH
Cincinnati Recreation Commission, OH
City of Bakersfield, CA
City of Bryant Parks and Recreation, AR
City of Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services, CO
City of Miami Department of Parks & Recreation, FL
Clay Road YMCA , TX
Coach Eve Learn to Swim, IL
Elmhurst YMCA, IL
Friends of Rockbridge Swimming, VA
Get Fit Go Swim!, CA
Greater Columbus Swim Team of Ohio, OH
Greenville Recreation and Parks Department, NC
Harris County Aquatic Program, TX
Houston Swim Club, TX
Jackie Robinson YMCA, CA
KATY Aquatics Program, TX
Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission, MD
Monterey County Aquatic Team, Swim America, CA
New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, NY
Northwest Allen County Schools, IN
Salvation Army/Kroc Community Center of Omaha, NE
Schreiber Pediatric Rehab Center of Lancaster, PA
Swim America at William Penn Charter, PA
United States Swim Academy, FL
Valley of the Moon Aquatics, CA
Wichita Swim Club, KS
YMCA of Greater Houston, TX
YMCA of Greater Long Beach, Fairfield Branch, CA
YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region, Downtown Colorado Springs, CO
YWCA of Evanston, IL

To find a Make a Splash local partner near you, visit

The deadline for 2013 grant applications will occur next February with the grant funding awarded in March. The grant application materials will be posted at in early 2013.

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