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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

USA Swimming Foundation Awards $507,461 in the First Round of 2019 Grant Funding for Make a Splash Local Partners

USA Swimming Foundation Awards $507,461 in the First Round of 2019 Grant Funding for Make a Splash Local Partners

Funding for free or reduced-cost swim lessons to help children across the country

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The USA Swimming Foundation announced today that it has awarded $507,461 to learn-to-swim programs across the country through its first-round of 2019 grant funding for Make a Splash Local Partners. The grants will go towards swim lesson programs, providing 25,705 children with the opportunity to learn how to swim.

The USA Swimming Foundation vetted more than 240 applications through a competitive annual review process and chose 85 programs to receive funding, 26 of whom are first time USA Swimming Foundation grant recipients. Since 2007, the USA Swimming Foundation has awarded more than $6.2 million dollars to help fund learn-to-swim programs across the country. 

“It’s an incredible feeling to know that USA Swimming Foundation funding will be used to create a valuable swimming experience for tens of thousands of children who may not have had the opportunity to learn how to swim,” USA Swimming Foundation Executive Director Debbie Hesse said. “We are thrilled with the depth of this year’s Make a Splash Local Partner applicant pool and we couldn’t be prouder to support these exciting and lifesaving opportunities for children across the country. We owe a tremendous thank you to our partners and donors, who continue to make a difference.”

In 2018, through its Make a Splash Local Partner network, the USA Swimming Foundation helped provide more than 1.3 million children with swimming lessons. Together, the Foundation and their network of 1,000 swim lesson providers across the country are helping to spread national awareness on the importance of learning to swim and bringing together strategic partners to end drowning. More than 7.5 million children have now been served since 2007.

The following USA Swimming Foundation Make a Splash Local Partners will receive funding through this first round of 2019 grant awards: 


  • Akron Area YMCA

Akron, OH

  • Allegan Public Schools

Allegan, MI

  • Ambush Swim School

Nacogdoches, TX

  • Angels of America's Fallen

Colorado Springs, CO

  • Beatrice Mary Family YMCA

Beatrice, NE

  • Belle Chasse YMCA

Belle Chasse, LA

  • BGSU Recreation & Wellness

Bowling Green, OH

  • Bloomington Community Education

Bloomington, MN

  • Bridgeport YMCA

Bridgeport, CT

  • Brooklyn Center Community Center

Brooklyn Center, MN

  • Buffalo City Swim Racers

Buffalo, NY

  • Charles River Aquatics

Lynnfield, MA

  • City of Arlington Aquatics

Arlington, TX

  • City of Bakersfield

Bakersfield, CA

  • City of Boynton Beach

Boynton Beach, FL

  • City of Brooklyn Park

Brooklyn Park, MN

  • City of Jersey City

Jersey City, NJ

  • City of New York Department of Parks & Recreation

New York, NY

  • City of South Miami

South Miami, FL

  • City of Urbandale

Urbandale, IA

  • City of West Palm Beach

West Palm Beach, FL

  • Dad's Club Swim Start

Houston, TX

  • DeKalb Aquatics Swim Team Inc.

Snellville, GA

  • Duke University

Durham, NC

  • Everett YMCA

Everett, WA

  • Five Cities Swim Club INC

Arroyo Grande, CA

  • Fort Worth Drowning Prevention Coalition

Fort Worth, TX

  • Fox Valley Family YMCA

Plano, IL

  • Goldfish Swim School - Owings Mills

Owings Mills, MD

  • Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club

Milford, DE

  • Greensboro Aquatic Center

Greensboro, NC

  • Greenview Dolphins Swim Team

Columbia, SC

  • Harris County Aquatic Program

Houston, TX

  • Hawaii Aquatics Academy

Kailua, HI

  • Holland Community Aquatic Center

Holland, MI

  • Horizons Savannah

Savannah, GA

  • Hunterdon County YMCA

Annandale, NJ

  • Hurricane Aquatics

Coral Gables, FL

  • Kenosha YMCA

Kenosha, WI

  • Leadership, Education and Athletics in Partnership, Inc.

New Haven, CT

  • Machine Swim School

Vienna, VA

  • Madison Area YMCA

Madison, NJ

  • Metro Parks Tacoma

Tacoma, WA

  • Metropolitan YMCA of Oranges

Hardyston, NJ

  • Muskegon YMCA

Muskegon, MI

  • Newport Penguins Swim and Dive Team

Newport, KY

  • Robbinsdale Area Schools ISD #281

Plymouth, MN

  • Rocklin Swim Team

Rocklin, CA

  • SafeSplash Swim Schools-Little Elm

Frisco, TX

  • SafeSplash Swim Schools-McKinney

McKinney, TX

  • Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club

Houston, TX

  • Sandhills Sandsharks

Southern Pines, SC

  • St. Lucie County Parks & Recreation-Aquatics

Ft. Pierce, FL

  • Swim Beyond LLC

Atlanta, GA

  • SWIMkids USA, Inc.

Mesa, AZ

  • SwimLabs Highlands Ranch

Highlands Ranch, CO

  • SwimLabs El Dorado Hills

El Dorado Hills, CA

  • SwimLabs Littleton

Littleton, CO

  • Swimtastic Swim School-Cape Coral

Cape Coral, FL

  • Swimtastic Swim School-Fort Myers

Fort Myers, FL

  • Swimtastic Swim School-Naples

Naples, FL

  • The Gateway Family YMCA- Rahway Branch

Rahway, NJ

  • The Greater Marco Family YMCA

Marco Island, FL

  • The HUB Recreation Center

Marion, IL

  • The Roeper School

Bloomfield Hills, MI

  • University of Houston, Recreation & Wellness Center

Houston, TX

  • Upper Valley Aquatic Center

White River Junction, VT

  • Valley of the Moon Aquatics

Sonoma, CA

  • Walter Schroeder Aquatic Center

Brown Deer, WI

  • West Cook YMCA

Oak Park, IL

  • Williams YMCA of Avery County

Linville, NC

  • YMCA of Broome County, Binghamton Branch

Binghamton, NY

  • YMCA of Broome County, West Family Branch

Johnson City, NY

  • YMCA of Delaware

Wilmington, DE

  • YMCA of Greater Charlotte, Simmons Branch

Charlotte, NC

  • YMCA of Greater Kansas City

Kansas City, MO

  • YMCA of Greater San Antonio

San Antonio, TX

  • YMCA of Kokomo Indiana

Kokomo, IN

  • YMCA of Marion & Polk Counties

Salem, OR

  • YMCA of Orange County

Tustin, CA

  • YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities

Edina, MN

  • YMCA of Vineland

Vineland, NJ

  • YMCA of Greater Houston Area

Houston, TX

  • YMCA of Waycross

Waycross, GA

  • YWCA Evanston North Shore

Evanston, IL


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