Olympic Swimmer Janet Evans Named USA Swimming Foundation Ambassador

The USA Swimming Foundation named three-time Olympic gold medalist Janet Evans as a USA Swimming Foundation Ambassador today. As an Ambassador, Evans will make three appearances on behalf of the Foundation aimed at spreading its mission of saving lives and building champions – in the pool and in life.

“Swimming is an amazing sport that has taught me lessons both in the water and out, which is why I was thrilled to become an Ambassador for the Foundation,” said Evans. “It seemed like a natural fit. As a mom, I’m especially passionate about the Foundation’s Make a Splash initiative centered around water safety.”

The Foundation’s Make a Splash initiative aims to provide every child in America the opportunity to learn to swim. Evans – a mother of two young children – has already been active in the initiative, doing a segment on the Today Show teaching young kids life-saving water skills.

Debbie Hesse, Executive Director USA Swimming Foundation

Debbie Hesse, Executive Director USA Swimming Foundation

“Janet is an excellent addition to our list of already impressive Ambassadors,” said USA Swimming Foundation Executive Director Debbie Hesse. “Janet left an incredible legacy in the pool, but what impressed me the most is what she’s done out of the pool. She continues to enhance the growth of our sport, teaching life lessons to countless kids, which aligns perfectly with our mission.”

Evans – who is a member of the U.S. Olympic and International Swimming Hall of Fame – joins Olympic gold medalists Rowdy Gaines, Mel Stewart and Cullen Jones as USA Swimming Ambassadors.

About the USA Swimming Foundation

The USA Swimming Foundation raises funds to support programs that save lives and build champions–in the pool and in life.

As the philanthropic arm of USA Swimming, the USA Swimming Foundation works to strengthen the sport from grassroots to gold medals. Whether we’re equipping our children with learn-to-swim skills, or providing financial support to our heroes on the U.S. National Team, the USA Swimming Foundation is dedicated to supporting the pursuit of excellence in our sport and aims to provide the wonderful experience of swimming to kids at all levels across the country. 

The USA Swimming Foundation also serves as the home for our U.S. National and Olympic Team Alumni reunions and regional events.

We invite our friends and fans across the country to help us achieve our goals by getting involved as a donor, fundraiser, event attendee or volunteer.


The USA Swimming Foundation raises funds to support programs that save lives and build champions in the pool and in life.

This unedited release was provided to SwimSwam by the USA Swimming Founation.

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