May 16, 2011
Our Santa Clara Swim Club Learn to Swim program was awarded a $3900 grant from The USA Swimming Foundation to support its Learn-To-Swim programming.
The USA Swimming Foundation distributed $249,000 in grants this year as part of its on-going mission to save lives and build champions. A total of 37 Foundation grants were distributed in 19 states to help fund Make a Splash Local Partners and their learn-to-swim programs.
“We are excited for this opportunity to be able to give back to the community that has given so much to the Santa Clara Swim Club. This is a great opportunity for us to introduce young people to the sport of swimming.” commented Jaime Benes, Vice President of Operations for Santa Clara Swim Club.
This year, the Foundation saw over 130 applications in their grant program. The scores and rankings determined by the review committee were higher than ever before for the programs receiving the grants.
To date, more than a
half-million swim lessons have been given through the USA Swimming
Foundation’s Make a Splash initiative. Make a Splash was
created in 2007 in response to the fact that drowning is the
second-leading cause of accidental death for youth in America.
It’s a national child-focused water safety campaign that aims
to provide the opportunity for every child in the nation to learn
In 2009, the USA Swimming Foundation launched the Make a Splash with Cullen Jones Event Series. Sponsored by ConocoPhillips, the multi-city tour provides a venue for Olympic gold-medalist Cullen Jones (New Brunswick, N.J.) to speak to thousands of school children about the importance of learning to swim, and in select cities, offer these very children a free swimming lesson.
Make a Splash works by educating parents through a national awareness campaign, and by providing opportunities for kids to learn to swim through its growing network of providers. Currently there are 374 local partner programs in 43 states, with applications pending daily. Local Partners include a variety of organizations, including YMCAs, Boys & Girls’ Clubs, community centers and privately-owned swim schools. To qualify as a local partner, the organizations must offer a percentage of their lessons for low or no cost, or provide water safety education to their community at no charge.
For more information on Make a Splash and to how to find or become a local partner program or to sponsor a swim lesson, visit www.makeasplash.org.
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. Whether we’re equipping our children with the life-saving skill of learn-to-swim, 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. The Foundation also serves as the home for our National and Olympic Team Alumni reunions and regional events. The development efforts of the USA Swimming Foundation aim to establish an endowment to strengthen the future of USA Swimming’s programs and services. To learn more, visit www.swimfoundation.org