Debbie Hesse

USA Swimming Foundation Sets GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® for Largest Kickboard

This gigantic kickboard, which is 10 times the standard adult size board at 18 feet high by 11 feet wide, will serve as a larger-than-life petition for all Americans to urge Congress to add the question, “Do you know how to swim?” to the 2020 Census.

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Four-Time Olympic Medalist DiRado Joins USA Swimming Foundation Board

The USA Swimming Foundation announced today that four-time Olympic medalist, Madeline Jane “Maya” DiRado – Andrews (San Francisco, Calif.) has joined its Board of Directors.

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USA Swimming Foundation Awards Over $436,000 In 2018 Grant Funding

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.

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Report Says USA Swimming Has Ignored Hundreds Of Sexual Abuse Cases

A report by the Southern California News Group says USA Swimming has ignored, covered up or refused to investigate sexual abuse allegations against coaches in relation to hundreds of swimmers over decades.

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5 Million Children Served With Swim Lessons Through Make A Splash

The USA Swimming Foundation announced today that in its first 10 years, more than 5 million children have received the lifesaving gift of swim lessons through its 850-member Make a Splash Local Partner network.

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USA Swimming Foundation Names Make A Splash Bridge Rewards Winners

In an effort to bridge the gap between swim lessons and team swimming, the USA Swimming Foundation launched the Make a Splash Bridge Rewards Contest and awarded six Make a Splash Local Partners a total of $10,000 to help transition children from learn to swim programs to competitive swim teams.

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USA Swimming Foundation Surpasses $500,000 In 2017 Grant Funding

In an effort to help swim lesson providers nationwide offer lessons to children who otherwise would not have the opportunity, the USA Swimming Foundation has now awarded over $500,000 through its 2017 grant fund.

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USA Swimming Foundation Awards Additional $130,000 For Make A Splash

Funding for free or reduced cost swim lessons grows to more than $4.4 Million since 2007

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USA Swimming Foundation Announces 5-10% Increase In Swimming Ability

Children who swim with their family are 2.7 times more likely to be good swimmers

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USA Swimming Foundation Raises Awareness To Reduce Child Drownings

In response to an alarming epidemic where drowning is the second-leading cause of accidental death for children under 14, the…

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USA Swimming Foundation Awards More Than $400,000 To Make A Splash

To help swim lesson providers nationwide offer lessons to children who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford them, the USA Swimming…

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USA Swimming Foundation Make A Splash Grant Applications Open

The 2017 USA Swimming Foundation Make a Splash grant application window is now open and applications will be accepted until Wednesday,…

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USA Swimming Executive Director Search Part 3: Frontrunners

We’ve looked at the job itself and the process USA Swimming will follow in finding a successor. But who are the top candidates to fill the position? We run through some of the early frontrunners here:

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USA Swimming Foundation Opens Bidding, Golden Goggles Silent Auction

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Featuring a number of one-of-a-kind items and unique experiences, the 2016 USA Swimming Foundation Golden Goggles…

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USA Swimming Foundation Awards Make a Splash Bridge Rewards Program

Debbie Hesse, Executive Director of the USA Swimming Foundation. “We aim to provide the opportunity for every child in America to learn to swim, and in doing so we open the door to a lifetime of opportunities, such as being a part of a USA Swimming team.”

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