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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

USA Swimming Foundation Awards Over $436,000 in 2018 Grant Funding for Make a Splash Local Partners

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The USA Swimming Foundation announced today that it has awarded $436,515 to 78 learn-to-swim programs across the country through its 2018 Make a Splash grant fund. The grants will go towards swim lesson programs, providing over 16,000 children the opportunity to learn how to swim in underprivileged communities.

The USA Swimming Foundation vetted 200 applications through a competitive annual review process and chose 78 programs to receive funding, 36 of whom are first time USA Swimming Foundation grant recipients. Since 2007, the USA Swimming Foundation has awarded more than $5 million dollars to help fund learn-to-swim programs across the country. 

“We are thrilled to be awarding this funding and so proud that it will be used to create a valuable swimming experience for thousands of children who may not have had the opportunity to learn how to swim,” USA Swimming Foundation Executive Director Debbie Hesse said. “These exciting and lifesaving opportunities would not be possible without the support of our USA Swimming Foundation partners and donors, who continue to help us make a difference across this country.”

More than 850 Make a Splash Local Partners promote water safety education in their communities and provide scholarships and transportation for children to participate in their swim lesson programs.  

The following USA Swimming Foundation Make a Splash Local Partners will receive grant funding: 

  • + POOL (New York, N.Y.)
  • 5 Cities Swim School (Arroyo Grande, Calif.)
  • Akron Area YMCA (Akron, Ohio)
  • Allegan Aquatic Center (Allegan, Mich.)
  • Arlington Aquatics (Arlington, Texas)
  • BeauCARE, Inc. (Deridder, La.)
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley (Haslam Family Boys and Girls Club) (Knoxville, Tenn.)
  • Brooklyn Center Community Center Aquatics (Minneapolis, Minn.)
  • Buffalo City Swim Racers (Buffalo, N.Y.)
  • Cecil County Family YMCA (Elkton, Md.)
  • City of Boynton Beach (Boynton Beach, Fla.)
  • City of Brooklyn Park Recreation & Parks (Brooklyn Park Aquatics) (Minneapolis, Minn.)
  • City of Tulsa Parks and Recreation (Tulsa, Okla.)
  • City of West Palm Beach (Warren Hawkins Aquatic Center) (West Palm Beach, Fla.)
  • Cumberland Cape Atlantic YMCA (Vineland, N.J.)
  • Downtown Y of the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
  • Duluth Area Family YMCA (Duluth, Minn.)
  • Everett Family YMCA (Everett, Wash.)
  • Fort Worth Drowning Prevention Coalition (Fort Worth, Texas)
  • Greater Richmond Aquatics Partnership (North Chesterfield, Va.)
  • Harris County Aquatics Program (Houston, Texas)
  • Hawaii Aquatics Academy (Kailua, Hawaii)
  • HEAT Swimming, Inc. (St. Louis, Mo.)
  • Holland Community Aquatic Center (Holland, Mich.)
  • Hunterdon County YMCA (Flemington, N.J.)
  • JCC of Mid-Westchester (JCC Aquatic Program) (Scarsdale, N.Y.)
  • Jordan YMCA (Indianapolis, Ind.)
  • Katy Aquatics (Katy, Texas)
  • Keith Family YMCA at University City (Charlotte, N.C.)
  • LEAP (New Haven, Conn.)
  • Lone Star Lifesavers (Colleyville, Texas)
  • Lower Shore Family YMCA (Pocomoke City, Md.)
  • McGaw YMCA (Evanston, Ill.)
  • Merrimack Valley YMCA (Lawrence, Mass.)
  • Methodist Services (Philadelphia, Pa.)
  • Metro Parks Tacoma (Tacoma, Wash.)
  • Metro YMCA's of the Oranges (Livingston, N.J.)
  • Monroe Sky Valley YMCA (Monroe, Wash.)
  • Mukilteo Family YMCA (Mukilteo, Wash.)
  • Muskegon YMCA (Muskegon, Mich.)
  • New York City Department of Parks & Recreation (New York, N.Y.)
  • Newport Penguins Swim and Dive Team (Newport, Ky.)
  • Pods Swimming (East Providence, R.I.)
  • Quest Swims (Orlando, Fla.)
  • REACH Swim Academy (New York, N.Y.)
  • Rhythm and Stroke LLC (South Euclid, Ohio)
  • Robbinsdale Area Schools Community Education (New Hope, Minn.)
  • SafeSplash Aurora (Gun Club Rd) (Aurora, Colo.)
  • Safesplash Austin (Austin, Texas)
  • SafeSplash Keller (Fort Worth, Texas)
  • SafeSplash Las Vegas (Las Vegas, Nev.)
  • Seattle Parks and Recreation (Seattle, Wash.)
  • Swim America – IUPUI (Indianapolis, Ind.)
  • Swim Beyond (Decatur, Ga.)
  • SwimLabs Highlands Ranch Colorado (Highlands Ranch, Colo.)
  • Swimtastic – Lincoln (Lincoln, Neb.)
  • Tankproof (Prairieville, La.)
  • Taos Swim Club (Taos, N.M.)
  • The Gateway Family YMCA - Rahway Branch (Rahway, N.J.)
  • The Roeper School (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.)
  • Triangle Aquatic Center (Cary, N.C.)
  • University of Houston, Recreation & Wellness Center (Houston, Texas)
  • Urbandale City Swimming Pool (Urbandale, Iowa)
  • Volusia Flagler YMCA (Ormond Beach, Fla.)
  • West Cook YMCA (Oak Park, Ill.)
  • Westfield Area YMCA (Westfield, N.J.)
  • YMCA of Broome County - Binghamton Branch (Binghamton, N.Y.)
  • YMCA of Broome County - West Family Branch (Johnson City, N.Y.)
  • YMCA of Burlington and Camden Counties (Mount Laurel, N.J.)
  • YMCA of Greater Boston (Boston, Mass.)
  • YMCA of Greater Flint (Flint, Mich.)
  • YMCA of Greater Houston (Houston, Texas)
  • YMCA of Greater Kansas City (Atchison, Kan.)
  • YMCA of Greater San Antonio (San Antonio, Texas)
  • YMCA of Harrison County (Corydon, Ind.)
  • YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities (Saint Paul, Minn.)
  • YWCA of Minneapolis (Minneapolis, Minn.)
  • YWCO Athens (Athens, Ga.)


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