Savannah, Ga- The Chatham County Aquatic Center received the ” Make a Splash” Grant from the USA Swimming Foundation. This is the third year the aquatic center has received this grant. The money is going towards their “Learn to Swim program” through their partnership with Horizon Savannah. The aquatic center and Horizon Savannah have had this partnership for now five years. Horizon Savannah gives children in Chatham County the opportunity for free or low cost swim lessons; to those who would not be able to afford it. The grant is worth $1,875 dollars, which will help start a stroke school and a swim team within the “Learn to Swim Program”. The aquatic center was one of 52 recipients of 150 applicants, however only two other areas in the state of Georgia received this grant.
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – To help swim lesson providers nationwide offer lessons to children who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford them, the USA Swimming Foundation has awarded more than $330,000 through its 2016 Make a Splash grant program. Since 2007 the Foundation has given more than $4 million dollars to help fund learn-to-swim programs across the country.
Through Make a Splash funding this year, more than 20,000 children will be served through grants provided to 52 Make a Splash Local Partners across 23 states. Over the last nine years, almost four million children have received formalized swim instruction through Make a Splash local partners.
“Our goal is to teach one million children to swim annually by 2017 and this year’s distributions will provide swim lessons at reduced or no cost for more children than ever before,” says Debbie Hesse, Executive Director of the USA Swimming Foundation. “Swim lessons reduce the risk of drowning by 88 percent so through the teamwork of the USA Swimming Foundation and our local partners we’re saving lives of today’s children and many more in future generations.”
Make a Splash Local Partners such as the Akron YMCA (Ohio), Treasure Family YMCA (Idaho), Monterey County Aquatic Team/SwimAmerica (California), Harris County (Texas) and City of Detroit Parks and Recreation (Michigan) will each serve lessons to over 1,000 children through their learn-to-swim programs.
The USA Swimming Foundation awards annual grants through a competitive application and review process. This year, the Foundation received more than 150 applications and awarded 52 grants totaling $337,017 to help fund learn-to-swim programs across the country. There are approximately 750 Make a Splash Local Partners who promote water safety education in their communities and provide scholarships for children to participate in their swim lesson programs.