Two Mission Viejo Brothers Honored By USA Swimming With Hero Awards

Mission Viejo swimmers Chris and Matt Hales are being honored by the USA Swimming Foundation at the upcoming Golden Goggles for their heroic work with Goggles for Guppies, a service project they started in 2011 to help prevent childhood drowning.

Volunteering is a part of the Mission Viejo Nadadores’ culture. There are amazing organizations founded by Nadadores swimmers and their families, including Goggles for Guppies. The Hales brother founded Goggles for Guppies in 2011 as a service project to help prevent childhood drowning. Goggles for Guppies provides free swim suits, caps, and goggles to at-risk children in order to eliminate the financial barriers to participating in learn-to-swim programs offered by Make a Splash local partners throughout the U.S. This organization has grown to distribute more than 16,000 pieces of swimming equipment to underprivileged children.

The thousands of  hours Chris, Matt, and their parents, Mike and Di, have spent providing ensuring that items are donated and delivered have gained recognition by USA Swimming. As a result, Chris and Matt are being awarded the USA Swimming Foundation’s Make a Splash Hero Award at the Golden Goggles Awards in Los Angeles, Sunday, November 22, at the J.W. Marriott—L.A. Live. You can learn more about Goggles for Guppies by visiting their website,

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helen $ al
8 years ago

proud of you guys

helen $ al
8 years ago

go boys go

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The writer formerly known as "Troy Gennaro", better known as Tony Carroll, has been working with SwimSwam since April of 2013. Tony grew up in northern Indiana and started swimming in 2003 when his dad forced him to join the local swim team. Reluctantly, he joined on the condition that …

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