Olympic Gold Medalist  ●  Inventor  ●  Entrepreneur
June 27, 1918 - May 5, 2017

In the last years of his life, Adolph Kiefer felt strongly that he wanted to make additional contributions to the swimming world and, in particular, one that would address financial need in the swimming community- similar to the circumstances he found himself in as a young swimmer in the 1920's.

Adolph might have known that he had already created a powerful legacy as an Olympic champion, saver of lives, inventor of essential swimming equipment, and businessman. He wanted his legacy to include a fund that would provide some help in the form of scholarship support to outstanding young people invested in swimming and swimming lessons for all.


At Adolph's request, the Kiefer family with the YMCA of the USA (YUSA) have established the Adolph Kiefer Memorial Fund to continue to foster his devotion and passion for swimming.

Through the generosity of Adolph and the Kiefer family, starting in 2018, the centennial of Adolph Kiefer's birth, the YUSA and the Adolph Kiefer Memorial Fund will present Outstanding Athlete Awards to one male and one female swimmer at the YMCA Short Course Nationals. These awards recognize two swimmers each year for their excellence in academic achievement and commitment to healthy living and social responsibility through YMCA competitive swimming


Your gifts made in memory of Adolph Kiefer, to celebrate his contributions to swimming safety and instruction, will go towards financial assistance to local YMCAs and provide learn-to-swim lessons for children and families unable to afford them.

Click here, Adolph Kiefer Memorial Fund, to donate to this fund and honor Adolph while supporting Adolph's and the YMCA's commitment to water safety for all.

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Adolph Kiefer