A Make A Splash Partner for Learn to Swim 

Our Story:  Sandhills Sandsharks  is the only USA Swimming Make A Splash Partner in Moore County!  We provide Learn to Swim lessons for at risk populations at the Town of Southern Pines Pool Park; however, we need donations to run this program.  In March of 2018, SSS moved its lessons and year round competitive swim program to the Town of Southern Pines pool, meaning more space for programming at a prime location in Moore County.

Since the 1960's The Southern Pines pool has served West Southern Pines, a predominantly African American neighborhood.  It is located within blocks of both the Boys and Girls Club and elementary schools, including the soon-to-be-built K-5 elementary school off of Morganton Road. However, few of the children in the neighborhood have taken Learn to Swim lessons, which are the first steps of a ladder to opportunities including summer league,
lifeguarding, high school and competitive swimming.

Since 2016, Sandhills Sandsharks has provided lessons to over 400 children.

70 Boys & Girls Club members have received FREE lessons.

We need YOUR support to continue this program & serve more children


Suggested Donor Levels

Each lesson is $15/student.  SSS is a 501 ( c ) 3 nonprofit organization; all donations are tax deductible.

        _____$1200  8 lessons for 10 children                       _____$600    8 lessons for 5 children

_____$24O    8 lessons for 2 children                          _____$120     8 lessons for 1 child

Donations can be made online or mailed in

Donor Name and Address:  ( PDF version of donation form)




Phone Number_______________________________Email____________________________________

Please send payment to:

Sandhills Sandsharks

PO Box 657

Southern Pines, NC 28388

Thank you for your support!

Did You know...?

  1. No child is ever water safe. The goal of swim lessons is to make children SAFER in, on, and around water.
  2. 79% of children in households with incomes less than $50,000 have little-to-no swimming ability.
  3. 64% of African-American, 45% of Hispanic/Latino, & 40% of Caucasian children have little to no swimming ability.
  4. 10 people drown each day in the United States. 
  5. Formal swimming lessons reduces the likelihood of childhood drowning by 88%.

2. USA Swimming Foundation study through the University of Memphis and University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 2017
3. USA Swimming Foundation study through the University of Memphis and University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 2017
4. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
5. Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, 2009