Miami Beach, FL – Swim Gym was chosen as one of 151 Make a Splash Local Partner programs in the U.S. to receive grant funding from the USA Swimming Foundation in 2018. The awarded money will go toward Swim Gym’s H20s Foundation (Helping Others 2 Swim) to continue efforts to provide free or reduced cost swim lessons to underserved communities around the country.
The USA Swimming Foundation awarded a total of $702,819 to programs across the country that will help provide swim lessons to an estimated 27,239 children, the most distributed since Make a Splash’s inception in 2007.
Grant supports USASF’s efforts to offer free or reduced cost swim lessons
Since its inception in 1984, over 50,000 Swimmers Taught, with a mission “to eradicate or reduce statistics of death by accidental drowning through education.” Swim Gym has been recognized, around the world, as a leader in the field of aquatic education. Coach Robert Strauss, director of Swim Gym, has taught in Miami, Florida since 1973. Coach Strauss’ experience is clearly reflected by every teacher trained with Swim Gym innovative cutting edge techniques; everyone has the passion and excitement required in a program in which the progress of every participant is measurable.
To respect and cooperate with all around you. The success of the program is everyone’s job. Please and thank you – “The magic words.”
Make swim gym a place to grow and learn about safety in the water; people of all ages become strong swimmers and take that experience to the wide world of aquatic sports.
To eradicate or reduce statistics of death by accidental drowning through education.
Every person in or around water must be Water Wise, the decision to enter a body of water must come after the knowledge of an exit plan. Water wise people are able to maintain an accident free, friendly environment and in this light, can contribute to our mission.
The USA Swimming Foundation vetted over 200 applications through a competitive annual review process and chose 151 programs to receive funding, many of whom are first time Make a Splash grant recipients.
“We are thrilled to be awarding this funding and so proud that it will be used to create a valuable swimming experience for thousands of children who may not have had the opportunity to learn how to swim,” USA Swimming Foundation Executive Director Debbie Hesse said. “These exciting and lifesaving opportunities would not be possible without the support of our USA Swimming Foundation partners and donors, who continue to help us make a difference across this country.”
More than 850 Make a Splash Local Partners in all 50 states promote water safety education in their communities and provide scholarships and transportation for children to participate in their swim lesson programs.