By Charlie Keaton | Friday, May 25, 2018
As summer arrives and swimming pools swell with kids and parents, a team of Olympic champions prepares for a whirlwind four-city tour to bring water safety awareness — and instruction — to the masses.
With its June 1 launch in Washington, D.C., the Make a Splash Tour presented by Phillips 66 enters its 10th year of directly connecting swimming’s top athletes with children, learn-to- swim providers, and other community partners. Subsequent 2018 stops include Seattle, San Francisco, and Orlando, bringing the total number of cities served to 49.
Leading a series of clinics and conversations at each event is a Who’s Who of the sport’s biggest names: Missy Franklin, Cullen Jones, Nathan Adrian, Rowdy Gaines, Ryan Murphy, Andrew Gemmel, and Reece Whitley. Collectively they account for 105 major international medals, including 17 Olympic Gold.
“Swimming is an amazing sport,” Jones told NBC affiliate WDSU at last year’s New Orleans tour stop. “But more importantly, it’s a life skill. That’s something we want to get everyone to understand as a culture here in the U.S.”
The 10th anniversary Tour also features the World’s Largest Kickboard, clocking in at a cool 10 times the standard size. Guinness World Records® will be on hand to certify the 18’x11’ kickboard as the Guinness World Records® Largest Kickboard. Meanwhile, the USA Swimming Foundation will be there encouraging supporters to sign a petition to add the question “Do you know how to swim?" to the 2020 National Census.
In its first decade the Make a Splash initiative has grown to include more than 850 Local Partner swim lesson providers, spanning all 50 states. But gaps in learn-to-swim data make it impossible to identify every community in need of more support — making the Census a powerful tool for addressing those at risk.
Click here to learn more or sign the petition.
From world-class swimmers to giant kickboards, there’s a lot to take in during the USA Swimming Foundation’s 2018 Make a Splash Tour presented by Phillips 66. All of it, however, revolves around a central purpose: Growing water safety awareness and opportunities for children to learn to swim in order to bring basic life-saving skills to every child. Starting June 1, the mission continues.
2018 Make a Splash Tour presented by Phillips 66
Dates and locations:
- Washington, D.C. - June 1-2
- Seattle, WA - June 4
- San Francisco, CA - June 6
- Orlando, FL - June 13
Get more information on the USA Swimming Foundation’s Make a Splash initiative and the Make a Splash Tour here.