The USA Swimming Foundation raises funds to support programs that save lives and build champions–in the pool and in life.
As the philanthropic arm of USA Swimming, the USA Swimming Foundation works to strengthen the sport from grassroots to gold medals. Whether we’re equipping our children with learn-to-swim skills, or providing financial support to our heroes on the U.S. National Team, the USA Swimming Foundation is dedicated to supporting the pursuit of excellence in our sport and aims to provide the wonderful experience of swimming to kids at all levels across the country.
The statistics are staggering. Did you know?
- Ten people drown each day in the United States.1
- 70% of African American children, 60% of Latino children, and 40% of Caucasian children have low or no swimming ability.2
- Participation in formal swim lessons can reduce the likelihood of childhood drowning by 88%.3
That’s why, in 2007, the USA Swimming Foundation launched Make a Splash—a national child-focused water safety initiative which aims to provide the opportunity for every child in America to learn to swim. To date, the Foundation has invested millions of dollars to provide grants to qualified Local Partner learn-to-swim programs, to spread national awareness, and to share the lifesaving message of learn-to-swim across the country. To date, more than 1.8 million kids have received the lifesaving gift of swim lessons through our Local Partner network, comprised of nearly 600 qualified lesson providers across the nation!
In 2009, the USA Swimming Foundation launched its Make a Splash Tour with Cullen Jones, presented by Phillips 66. After nearly drowning at the age of five, Cullen Jones overcame his fear of water to win a gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He was also the first African-American male to hold a world record in swimming. By sharing his message over the last three years, Cullen has been able to convey the message of water safety and education to a wide audience of parents, learn-to-swim providers, educators and community leaders.
In 2012, the USA Swimming Foundation announced the formation of its Make a Splash Affiliate Coalition. The Coalition is a strategic cohort comprised of aquatic industry leaders and community organizations that share one common goal: to create a nation where every child has the opportunity to learn to swim. Partners include The National Drowning Prevention Alliance, Starfish Aquatics Institute, Goggles for Guppies, The Joshua Collingsworth Memorial Foundation, National Water Safety Congress, Swim Lessons University, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and The Safer 3 Water Safety Foundation.