USA Swimming Foundation Awards $507,461 in 2019 Make A Splash Funding

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March 26th, 2019 Industry, News

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

The USA Swimming Foundation works to strengthen the sport of swimming by raising funds to support programs that save lives and build champions, in the pool and in life. To find, get, or give a swim lesson visit:

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About the USA Swimming Foundation 

The USA Swimming Foundation serves as the philanthropic arm of USA Swimming.  Established in 2004, the Foundation works to strengthen the sport by saving lives and building champions— in the pool and in life. Whether we’re equipping our children with the life-saving skill of learn-to-swim through our Make a Splash initiative or providing financial support to our heroes on the U.S. National Team, the USA Swimming Foundation aims to provide the wonderful experience of swimming to kids at all levels across the country. To learn more, visit

About the USA Swimming Foundation’s Make a Splash initiative

The USA Swimming Foundation’s Make a Splash initiative is a national child-focused water safety campaign, which aims to provide the opportunity for every child in America to learn to swim. Through Make a Splash, the USA Swimming Foundation partners with learn-to-swim providers and water safety advocates across the country to provide swimming lessons and educate children and their families on the importance of learning how to swim. The USA Swimming Foundation has invested millions of dollars to provide grants to qualified Local Partner learn-to-swim programs, to spread national awareness, and to bring together strategic partners to end drowning. To date, 7.5 million children have received the lifesaving gift of swim lessons through the USA Swimming Foundation Make a Splash Local Partner network, comprised of 1,000 qualified lesson providers across the nation. To learn more, visit

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