Heart of a Champion

USA Swimming Foundation Shatters Record with $898,184 in Swim Lesson Grants

The grant distribution is a 75% increase from last year, aided by a $200,000 gift from the Pool and Hot Tub Alliance, led by VP Rowdy Gaines (above).


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10-Year-Old Swimmer Raises Over $50,000 For St. Jude Children’s Hospital

Sawyer Hansen has done an hour-long swim every year since 2017 to raise money for cancer research, and surpassing the $50,000 barrier in 2022.


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8 Swimming Charities To Consider On #GivingTuesday

For this year’s GivingTuesday, here are some swimming-themed charities for you to consider donating to as part of your annual holiday spending.


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Sacramento Swimmer Raises $6700 for Community on Thanksgiving

The money that 14-year-old Cooper Zarro at the annual DPCC Turkey Thousand for Raley’s Food for Families will provide 6700 meals for local Sacramento families

North Carolina Diver Emily Grund Announces Remission from Leukemia

NCAA qualifying diver Emily Grund has announced that she is in remission after 30 days of chemotherapy to treat leukemia.

Elizabeth Beisel Completes “Block Cancer” Swim, Raises Over $135k

Beisel became the first woman to complete the 10.4 mile swim to Block Island, fulfilling her father’s dying wish and raising over $135k for cancer research.

Longhorn Aquatics Head Coaches Loses Home, Pets in Fire

Longhorn Aquatics head coach Mike Laitala (right) and his wife Bridgette (left) lost their home in a fire last week. Their two dogs, Buddy and Cissy, were inside.

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Learn to Swim Program Launches in Cincinnati for Low Income Families

Cincinnati’s Mercy Health and former Xavier University swimmer Tony Miller partnered together to provide free swimming lessons to help stop child drownings.

Swimmer Gives Back to Community for Thanksgiving

Sacramento swimmer raises money over Thanksgiving to donate to charity that works to prevent local families from going hungry.

10 Swimming Charities Worth Your Attention on #GivingTuesday

Over 100 Olympians have participated in Swim Across America events, which has granted nearly $100 million in funding directly to support cancer research.

Jeff Julian Hospitalized With Adenocarcinoma

Rose Bowl Aquatics and Cali Condors coach Jeff Julian revealed in his blog this week that he has been hospitalized with adenocarcinoma.

IL Swimmer Mary Kate Phillips Performs CPR, Saves Choking Neighbor

St. Charles, Illinois swimmer and future Ball State Cardinal Mary Kate Phillips used CPR to save a young neighbor who was choking.

With 3-5 Months To Live, Swimmer Chase Smith Marries Girlfriend Sadie

Swimmer Chase Smith was given three to five months to live after a six-year battle with Ewing’s Sarcoma. He married diver Sadie (Mills) Smith in April.

Penny Oleksiak, Cheerios Team Up to Donate over $1 Million to Food Banks Canada

Penny Oleksiak, a 2016 Olympic gold medalist, is part of an effort by General Mills to redirect its Olympic advertising into foodbank advertising.

11-Year-Old Emma Palmer Walking Again After January Brain Bleed

11-year-old swimmer Emma Palmer is walking again, less than 100 days after a harrowing post-practice collapse due to a spontaneous brain bleed.