USMS Swimming Saves Lives Foundation Announces 2020 Grant Recipients

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January 24th, 2020 Masters, News

Courtesy: US Masters Swimming

SARASOTA, Fla. – Nearly 70 adult learn-to-swim lessons providers nationwide will receive funding and education support from the USMS Swimming Saves Lives Foundation in 2020.

The grants totaling more than $100,000 are given in support of U.S. Masters Swimming’s efforts to make more adults safer in and around water. These programs offer swim lessons to adults at a reduced cost or for free and are most often led by USMS-certified adult learn-to-swim instructors. These instructors have been educated by USMS in the techniques and methods that work best for adult-beginner swimmers.

In 2019, nearly 2,000 adults took swim lessons in SSLF programs around the country, making them less likely to be among the 10 people who drown every day in the United States.

The benefit of adults learning to swim goes beyond the student. Research shows that children of an adult who doesn’t know how to swim have only a 19 percent chance of learning.

“Adult swim lessons save lives,” says Bill Brenner, chief operating officer of USMS. “We here at USMS and the foundation are committed to making more people safer around water. The SSLF grant programs and our certified adult learn-to-swim instructors are making a difference in whole families.”

SSLF was established as the charitable arm of USMS in 2010 and is supported by donations from USMS members and friends and has awarded nearly $700,000 since its inception.

USMS is the national governing body of adult competitive swimming in the United States.

The 2020 USMS Swimming Saves Lives Foundation grant programs are listed below by state. Information about individual programs can be found here.

Alaska

Swim Fit Alaska, Fairbanks

Alabama

Memorial Park Natatorium, Jasper

Arkansas

Pine Bluff Aquatic Center, Pine Bluff

Arizona

Arizona Aquatic Sports Foundation/Mesa Aquatics Club, Mesa

Ahwatukee Community Swim & Tennis Center, Gilbert

Northern Arizona University Campus Rec, Flagstaff

SaddleBrooke Swim Club, Tucson

California           

Embarcadero YMCA, San Francisco

SilverPeak Performance, Sunland

Richmond Swims, Richmond

Walnut Creek Masters, Walnut Creek

Salvation Army Kroc Center San Diego, San Diego

Competitive Tri-Swim Masters, Rancho Cucamonga

Cal Rec Sports, UC Berkeley, Berkeley

Marin Aquatic Masters, Novato

SAMO Masters, Culver City

Temescal Aquatic Masters, Oakland

District of Columbia        

C and O Aquatics, Washington, D.C.

Delaware            

YMCA of Delaware, Dover

Florida

For Fun, For Fitness, For Life, The Villages

Sarasota Tsunami Masters, Sarasota

Palm Beach Masters, Jupiter

Swamp Water Aquatics, Gainesville         

SWIMS Foundation, Overland Park

Waddle’s Adult Swim Academy, Sarasota

Orthotic and Prosthetic Activities Foundation, Orlando

Georgia

YMCA of Metro Atlanta, Atlanta

Kennesaw State Univ. Dept. of Sports and Rec. Aquatics Dept., Kennesaw

Swim Beyond the Boundaries, Atlanta

Idaho

Salvation Army Kroc Center Coeur d’Alene, Coeur d’Alene

Moscow Chinooks Masters, Moscow

Illinois

Saluki Masters Swim Club, Carbondale

Indiana 

Zionsville Aquatic Masters, Zionsville

Kentucky

Central ALTS, Louisville

Clear Creek Masters, Shelbyville

Western Kentucky Green Gators, Bowling Green

Louisiana

Gulf Coast Multi-Sport, Slidell

Massachusetts  

YMCA of Martha’s Vineyard, Vineyard Haven

Worcester Area Masters, Worcester

Charles River Aquatics Masters, Boston

Maryland            

YMCA of the Chesapeake, Easton

Hopkins School of Medicine Swim Club, Baltimore

Maine   

Penobscot Bay YMCA, Rockport

Michigan

Grand Traverse Bay YMCA, Traverse City

Minnesota

Twin Cities Aquatics Cooperative, Minneapolis

Missouri

Megan Cameron Swim Coaching, Joplin

Montana            

Bozeman Masters Swim Club, Bozeman

North Carolina  

Gaston Aquatics, Gastonia

Greensboro Aquatics Center, Greensboro

New York           

Nickel City Splash, North Tonawanda

Ohio     

Bowling Green Swim Club, Bowling Green

Rhythm & Stroke LLC, Beechwood

Y of Greater Cincinnati: Clermont and M.E. Lyons branches, Cincinnati

Oregon

Grants Pass Family YMCA, Grants Pass

Hood River Valley Parks and Rec District, Hood River

Faculty-Staff Fitness OSU, Corvallis

South Carolina  

Greenville Splash Masters, Greenville

Grand Strand Masters Swimming, N. Myrtle Beach

Palmetto Masters, Mount Pleasant

Texas    

Fort Worth Drowning Prevention Coalition, Fort Worth

Texas Ford Aquatics Masters, Frisco

PowerWatt Coaching, Brownsville

Utah     

Queer Utah Aquatic Club, Salt Lake City

Virginia

Sport & Health, McLean, McLean

Vermont             

Stowe Swimmers Foundation, Stowe

Upper Valley Aquatic Center, White River Junction

Washington       

YMCA of Greater Seattle-Bellevue Family YMCA, Bellevue

Wisconsin

Making Waves Milwaukee, Milwaukee

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