BCSR Receives 2019 Grant Funding from USA Swimming Foundation

Buffalo City Swim Racers Receives 2019 Grant Funding from USA Swimming Foundation  

Grant supports efforts to offer free or reduced-cost swim lessons

Buffalo, NY – Buffalo City Swim Racers was chosen as one of 85 Make a Splash programs in the U.S. to receive grant money from the USA Swimming Foundation in early 2019. The awarded money will go toward Buffalo City Swim Racers’ continued efforts to provide free or reduced-cost swim lessons. The USA Swimming Foundation awarded a total of $507,461 to programs across the country that will provide swim lessons to an estimated 25,000 children.

“We are excited to be a recipient of a 2018 USA Swimming Foundation grant” says BCSR Executive Director Mike Switalski.  “The funds will be used to support our continued effort to teach children from the City of Buffalo the importance of water safety and how fun the sport of swimming can be.”

Buffalo City Swim Racers (BCSR) provides free, year-round swim lessons and academic incentives to children of low-income and diverse populations in the City of Buffalo during at-risk times.  According to statistics from USA Swimming, 70% of children from low-income families or under-represented populations have minimal or no swimming skills.  Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention site that the drowning rates of African-Americans and low-income children (ages 5-14) is nearly four times higher than that of Caucasian children the same age.  Through BCSR, Children learn the importance of water safety and the value of knowing how to swim.

The USA Swimming Foundation vetted 241 applications through a competitive annual review process and chose 85 Make a Splash Local Partner programs to receive funding, 26 of whom are first-time USA Swimming Foundation grant recipients.

“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.”

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

For a full list of 2019 USA Swimming Foundation grant recipients, visit

For more information on Buffalo City Swim Racers visit