By USA Swimming Foundation | Monday, October 30, 2017
Swimming can bring such joy to a child. Without the right precautions, however, swimming can also bring terrible risks.
While physical safety measures like fences around pools and secure pool covers can help, no barrier between children and water is foolproof. By teaching kids to swim, we can reduce the likelihood of childhood drowning by 88%.
Too many children — especially those from low-income households — continue to face huge challenges in learning how to swim. Swimming lessons shouldn’t be a luxury. Understanding how to be safer around water is something each and every child inherently deserves.
That’s why the USA Swimming Foundation is committed to bringing lifesaving swimming lessons to kids all across the country through Make a Splash — a child-focused learn-to-swim initiative.
By partnering with local learn-to-swim providers and giving them the tools they need to engage their communities, we’re able to bring low-to-no-cost swim lessons to every state in the nation. This year alone, the USA Swimming Foundation will award more than $500,000 in grants to providers nationwide.
Since the program was launched in 2007, Make a Splash has helped more than 4.9 million children learn to swim. To mark the 10th anniversary of the program, we’ve set a bold goal of providing lifesaving swim lessons to another one million children in 2017.
That’s where you can help. Your gift to the USA Swimming Foundation supports programs like Make a Splash — allowing us to build new partnerships with local providers, enroll and train more community-based water safety advocates, and educate children and families on a broader scale.
By supporting the USA Swimming Foundation with a donation, you’re helping empower kids who otherwise might never learn to swim, and giving them a chance to make swimming a wonderful and rewarding part of their lives.