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USA Swimming Foundation Awards $507,461 in the First Round of 2019 Grant Funding for Make a Splash Local Partners

Posted by | March 27, 2019 | Drowning Prevention, Grants, Swim School, Swim Team, Swimmers, Swimming, Uncategorized, USA Swimming, Water Safety, YMCA

By USA Swimming Foundation  | Tuesday, March 26, 2019 

Funding for free or reduced-cost swim lessons to help children across the country

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The USA Swimming Foundation announced today that it has awarded $507,461 to learn-to-swim programs across the country through its first-round of 2019 grant funding for Make a Splash Local Partners. The grants will go towards swim lesson programs, providing 25,705 children with the opportunity to learn how to swim.

The USA Swimming Foundation vetted more than 240 applications through a competitive annual review process and chose 85 programs to receive funding, 26 of whom are first time USA Swimming Foundation grant recipients. Since 2007, the USA Swimming Foundation has awarded more than $6.2 million dollars to help fund learn-to-swim programs across the country. 

“It’s an incredible feeling to know that USA Swimming Foundation funding will be used to create a valuable swimming experience for tens of thousands of children who may not have had the opportunity to learn how to swim,” USA Swimming Foundation Executive Director Debbie Hesse said. “We are thrilled with the depth of this year’s Make a Splash Local Partner applicant pool and we couldn’t be prouder to support these exciting and lifesaving opportunities for children across the country. We owe a tremendous thank you to our partners and donors, who continue to make a difference.”

In 2018, through its Make a Splash Local Partner network, the USA Swimming Foundation helped provide more than 1.3 million children with swimming lessons. Together, the Foundation and their network of 1,000 swim lesson providers across the country are helping to spread national awareness on the importance of learning to swim and bringing together strategic partners to end drowning. More than 7.5 million children have now been served since 2007.

The following USA Swimming Foundation Make a Splash Local Partners will receive funding through this first round of 2019 grant awards: 

Akron Area YMCAAkron, OH
Allegan Public Schools
Allegan, MI

Ambush Swim School Nacogdoches, TX
Angels of America’s FallenColorado Springs, CO
Beatrice Mary Family YMCABeatrice, NE
Belle Chasse YMCABelle Chasse, LA
BGSU Recreation & WellnessBowling Green, OH
Bloomington Community EducationBloomington, MN
Bridgeport YMCABridgeport, CT
Brooklyn Center Community CenterBrooklyn Center, MN
Buffalo City Swim RacersBuffalo, NY
Charles River AquaticsLynnfield, MA
City of Arlington AquaticsArlington, TX
City of BakersfieldBakersfield, CA
City of Boynton BeachBoynton Beach, FL
City of Brooklyn ParkBrooklyn Park, MN
City of Jersey CityJersey City, NJ
City of New York Department of Parks & RecreationNew York, NY
City of South MiamiSouth Miami, FL
City of UrbandaleUrbandale, IA
City of West Palm BeachWest Palm Beach, FL
Dad’s Club Swim StartHouston, TX
DeKalb Aquatics Swim Team Inc.Snellville, GA
Duke UniversityDurham, NC
Everett YMCAEverett, WAFive Cities Swim Club INCArroyo Grande, CA
Fort Worth Drowning Prevention CoalitionFort Worth, TX
Fox Valley Family YMCAPlano, IL
Goldfish Swim School – Owings MillsOwings Mills, MD
Greater Milford Boys & Girls ClubMilford, DE
Greensboro Aquatic CenterGreensboro, NC
Greenview Dolphins Swim TeamColumbia, SC
Harris County Aquatic ProgramHouston, TX
Hawaii Aquatics AcademyKailua, HI
Holland Community Aquatic CenterHolland, MI
Horizons SavannahSavannah, GA
Hunterdon County YMCAAnnandale, NJ
Hurricane AquaticsCoral Gables, FL
Kenosha YMCAKenosha, WILeadership, Education and Athletics in Partnership, Inc.New Haven, CT
Machine Swim SchoolVienna, VA
Madison Area YMCAMadison, NJ
Metro Parks TacomaTacoma, WA
Metropolitan YMCA of OrangesHardyston, NJ
Muskegon YMCAMuskegon, MI
Newport Penguins Swim and Dive TeamNewport, KY
Robbinsdale Area Schools ISD #281Plymouth, MN
Rocklin Swim TeamRocklin, CASafeSplash Swim Schools-Little ElmFrisco, TX
SafeSplash Swim Schools-McKinneyMcKinney, TX
Salvation Army Boys & Girls ClubHouston, TX
Sandhills SandsharksSouthern Pines, SC
St. Lucie County Parks & Recreation-AquaticsFt. Pierce, FL
Swim Beyond LLCAtlanta,
GASWIMkids USA, Inc.Mesa,
AZSwimLabs Highlands RanchHighlands Ranch,
COSwimLabs El Dorado HillsEl Dorado Hills,
CASwimLabs LittletonLittleton,
COSwimtastic Swim School-Cape CoralCape Coral, FL
Swimtastic Swim School-Fort MyersFort Myers, FL
Swimtastic Swim School-NaplesNaples, FL
The Gateway Family YMCA- Rahway BranchRahway, NJ
The Greater Marco Family YMCAMarco Island, FL
The HUB Recreation CenterMarion, IL
The Roeper SchoolBloomfield Hills, MIUniversity of Houston, Recreation & Wellness CenterHouston, TX
Upper Valley Aquatic CenterWhite River Junction, VT
Valley of the Moon AquaticsSonoma, CA
Walter Schroeder Aquatic CenterBrown Deer, WI
West Cook YMCAOak Park, IL
Williams YMCA of Avery CountyLinville, NC
YMCA of Broome County, Binghamton BranchBinghamton, NY
YMCA of Broome County, West Family BranchJohnson City, NY
YMCA of DelawareWilmington, DEYMCA of Greater Charlotte,
Simmons BranchCharlotte, NCYMCA of Greater Kansas CityKansas City, MO
YMCA of Greater San AntonioSan Antonio, TX
YMCA of Kokomo IndianaKokomo, IN
YMCA of Marion & Polk CountiesSalem, OR
YMCA of Orange CountyTustin, CA
YMCA of the Greater Twin CitiesEdina, MN
YMCA of VinelandVineland, NJ
YMCA of Greater Houston AreaHouston, TX
YMCA of WaycrossWaycross, GA
YWCA Evanston North ShoreEvanston, IL

The USA Swimming Foundation works to strengthen the sport of swimming by raising funds to support programs that save lives and build champions, in the pool and in life. To find, get, or give a swim lesson visit: www.usaswimmingfoundation.org

To learn more about the USA Swimming Foundation and the Make a Splash initiative, including grant opportunities, please visit www.usaswimmingfoundation.org/makeasplash, or follow us at http://www.facebook.com/SwimFoundation

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Wyckoff YMCA Receives $5K Grant To Help Swimmers, Lifeguards | Wyckoff, NJ Patch

Posted by | January 5, 2018 | Lifeguards, YMCA

The funds will be used to fund the Learn to Swim With the Sharks” swimming safety program.By Daniel Hubbard, Patch Staff | Jan 3, 2018 11:40 am ET | Updated Jan 3, 2018 11:51 am NJ —

The Wyckoff Family YMCA received a $5,000 grant to fund scholarships for swimming lessons and lifeguard training.Stew Leonard III Children’s Charities gave the Y the grant. The charity is dedicated to child water safety awareness and education. Kim and Stew Leonard founded the organization after their 21-month-old son died drowning in 1989.  The Y will use the funds to continue its 6-year-old Learn to Swim With the Sharks summer program. The Wyckoff Y’s Sharks swim team teaches kids basic water safety and swimming techniques to children from Oasis, a nonprofit shelter in Paterson, at an annual camp. Kids work one-on-one with campers.  Read more…

Source: Wyckoff YMCA Receives $5K Grant To Help Swimmers, Lifeguards | Wyckoff, NJ Patch

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Irons returns to Athens YMCA | Sports | dailypostathenian.com

Posted by | August 10, 2017 | Aquatic Center, YMCA

McKenzie Irons has returned home as the teacher rather than the student.Irons, a recent University of Tennessee at Knoxville graduate, began her new job as the aquatics director at the Athens-McMinn Family YMCA on Aug. 1.The Y, as most people call it, is a place she knows well as she began swimming there at age 8, after which she was part of the Summer Swim League, the Sea Dragons competitive swim team and the McMinn County High School swim team.  Read More…

Source: Irons returns to Athens YMCA | Sports | dailypostathenian.com

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Florida Blue announces significant grant to support YMCA’s Drowning Prevention

Posted by | July 17, 2017 | Aquatic Center, Drowning Prevention, YMCA

By: Sarah Thompson @WOKV_SarahJuly 17, 2017 4:15 PM PDTPhoto Credit: FatCamera/Getty Images/iStockphoto0Jacksonville, FL –

Teaching children to be safe around water is a necessity, not a luxury.  That’s why Florida Blue plans to donate a significant grant to YMCA of Florida’s First Coast in support of its drowning prevention program– ‘Safety Around Water.’  The support will allow the YMCA to provide free swim lessons to more than 800 additional children on the First Coast. At a state-wide level, Florida Blue’s assistance will benefit more than 5,000 children.  Drowning is the leading cause of death for children 1 to 4-years-old and is the second leading cause of death for children from 5 to 14-years-old.  Florida Blue will make the official grant announcement Tuesday, July 18, at the Winston Family YMCA.  As new details are released, WOKV will update this story.

Source: Florida Blue announces significant grant to support YMCA’s Drowning Pr | Depend On WOKV – Jacksonville’s News, Weather, and Traffic | www.wokv.com

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Swimming Easter Egg Hunt – ABC FOX Montana 

Posted by | April 14, 2017 | Aquatic Center, YMCA

Hotspot at the Dillon YMCA Where ‘aqua Easter bunnies’ splashed around filling their eggs with baskets Thursday.

Source: Swimming Easter Egg Hunt – ABC FOX Montana Local News, Weather, Sports KTMF | KWYB

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YMCA to offer lifeguard certification and refresher courses 

Posted by | March 29, 2017 | YMCA

YMCA to offer lifeguard certification and refresher courses

Mar 28, 2017 ASHTABULA — The Ashtabula County YMCA, 263 W. Prospect Road, will host a lifeguard refresher course and a lifeguard certification course beginning in May.The American Red Cross Lifeguard Refresher Course will be 9 a.m.-6 p.m. May 13. Students must have a current Red Cross lifeguard certification to take this class. Upon successful completion of the course, students will renew their Red Cross certification in CPR/AED, First Aid, and Lifeguarding. The certification is valid for two yearsAnyone interested must register by May 11. Cost is $65 for Ashtabula YMCA members and $90 for program participants.The Red Cross Lifeguard Certification Course will be 4-9 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays May 15-26. Upon successful completion of the course, students will receive Red Cross certification in CPR/AED, First Aid, and Lifeguarding. An optional waterfront module will be offered on May 21 for an additional $20.Anyone interested must register by May 11. Cost is $165 for Ashtabula YMCA members and $210 for program participants. As with all YMCA programs, income-based financial assistance is available. All participants must be at least 15 years old. Mandatory pre-test, consisting of swimming 300 yards, treading water with no hands, and retrieving a brick from the deep end, will be noon-2:30 p.m. May 14. In order to earn certification students must attend all class sessions and pass all written and skills tests. For more information, call Tia Spronz at (440) 997-5321, or email her at tspronz@AshtabulaYMCA.org.

Source: YMCA to offer lifeguard certification and refresher courses | Community | starbeacon.com

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Jobs at the Y | YMCA Twin Cities

Posted by | November 4, 2016 | YMCA

Local Y Get details about working at your local YMCA, or look for a job in Aquatics, Fitness, Branch Administration, Member Sales and Service,

Source: Jobs at the Y | YMCA Twin Cities

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YMCA offers free swim lessons for elementary school students

Posted by | October 25, 2016 | YMCA

JACKSON, MI — Gym members trickle in and out of the YMCA at 127 W. Wesley St., as the sun makes its way over the building, casting blue shadows on the empty and quiet sidewalk.A soft murmur can be heard in the distance, growing louder and louder as the students make their way towards the building. Soon, a line of second graders fill the sidewalk, eyes growing bigger as they jump and clap with excitement, chanting, ‘Y.M.C.A.!!!, Y.M.C.A.!!!’. ADVERTISINGinRead invented by TeadsStudents from Bennett Elementary School, McCulloch Academy, and a group of students who are homeschooled received free swim lessons through the YMCA during the month of October and part of November. The YMCA received the Michigan Health Endowment Fund through the State Alliance of Michigan YMCA.Through the grant-funded program, the YMCA offered free swim lessons for the students while also providing bathing suits, towels, and transportation.With the help of six volunteers and three staff members, the YMCA provides meaningful and important swim lessons for the students. “This program has the potential to end a multigenerational culture of not swimming and fear of water,” said Aquatics Director Brecken Enright.”If these kids learn to swim they will be able to be more safe around water and will have the ability to teach their kids to swim when they grow up. We are giving these kids great memories to associate with being in the water,” Enright said.Kathy Fish has noticed an increase in attendance for her second grade class from Bennett Elementary School, attributing it to the excitement the kids have for their swim lessons.   Some students were apprehensive at first while others eagerly splashed and kicked their way around the pool, making improvements each week.”They are so excited, they love it. Whenever you finish [a lesson] you’re in a good mood, even though it’s hectic,” Enright said.

Source: YMCA offers free swim lessons for elementary school students | MLive.com

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YMCA Aquatics Center to Host 2018 UANA Pan American Masters Championships

Posted by | October 25, 2016 | Aquatic Center, United States Masters Swimming, YMCA

The Central Florida YMCA is partnering with the Union Americana de Natacion (UANA) and U.S. Masters Swimming to host the 2018 Pan American Masters Championship.The event will be held July 25 through Aug. 12 at the venerated YMCA Aquatic Center on Orlando’s International Drive. USMS, the national governing body for adult swimming, bid for and was awarded the championship by UANA, an organization that oversees amateur aquatic sports competition in the Western Hemisphere.This will be the second time the USA has hosted the biennial event.The championship is expected to attract about 2,500 athletes from the Americas. Events will include diving, swimming, water polo, open water swimming and synchronized swimming.“It is an honor for the Central Florida YMCA to host The UANA Pan American Masters Championships,” said CFYMCA Vice President Rowdy Gaines in a press release. “We recognize the prestige of hosting this international event, and our Masters teams, corporate partners, and our incredible volunteers are so excited to welcome the world of Masters Aquatics to Orlando, Florida. … The Masters family is very special to me and I can’t wait to swim the 50 meter freestyle and relays with my own teammates!”Added Mel Goldstein, chairman of the UANA Masters Committee: “The popularity of Orlando will make this the largest Masters event, other than a World Championship, ever held in North America.”2018 Pan American Masters Championships ScheduleDiving: July 25-27, 2018Swimming: July 28-August 3, 2018Open Water Swimming: August 4 and 5, 2018Water Polo: August 5-9, 2018Synchronized Swimming: August 10-12, 2018

Source: YMCA Aquatics Center to Host 2018 UANA Pan American Masters Championships| Aquatics International Magazine | Swimming, Competitions, International Projects, U.S. Masters Swimming, Florida

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Piqua Daily Call | YMCA offering lifeguard certification

Posted by | October 24, 2016 | YMCA

YMCA offering lifeguard certificationNEWSStaff ReportsTROY — The Miami County YMCAs are looking to certify individuals as lifeguards who are interested in jobs throughout the school year.“Before everyone’s schedules become hectic with holiday plans we try to offer one more class to those looking to become lifeguards,” said Leia Lander, aquatic director for the Robinson branch. “We tend to hire those we certify.”Top SearchesHartleyCory CotrellCouncilBirthdayKienle DriveHealth InspectionsMike UlleryEngagementsThe YMCA lifeguard certification course will begin Nov. 11 and run on Firdays, Saturdays, and Sundays through Nov. 20. Those interested in the course must register by no later than Nov. 4 for the course. In addition to a lifeguard certification, candidates also obtain certification in basic first aid, CPR for the professional rescuer, and emergency oxygen administration.“The week prior deadline is to give the students time to complete all the online work for the course that is required,” said Donn Shade, aquatic director at the Piqua branch and co-instructor for the September class. “It’s a lot of online work about the basics of lifeguarding and preliminary introductions to the other three certifications. We find candidates do best with the week prior deadline for registration to get (all the online work) completed by the first day of class.”Those interested in the course can register at either Miami County YMCA branch during normal business hours. The class itself will be held at the Robinson branch and will be from 5-10 p.m. on Fridays, 9 a.m. to5 p.m. on Saturdays, and 2-8 p.m. on Sundays. Those with additional questions are asked to contact Leia Lander at 440-9622 or l.lander@miamicountyymca.net.“While most candidates for training are high school aged kids, adults are welcome to take the class too,” Lander said. “Our adult lifeguards find it’s a great way to pass the time and earn a little income while their kids are in school. And if you love to swim already there’s nothing stopping you from giving the certification a try!”

Source: Piqua Daily Call | YMCA offering lifeguard certification

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Downtown YMCA Gets Big Boost in Funding for Swimming Pool | whotv.com

Posted by | June 9, 2016 | YMCA

DES MOINES, Iowa — The YMCA downtown is $1 million closer to filling its Olympic-size swimming pool. The pool was supposed to be the centerpiece of the new YMCA but funding for the project ha…

Source: Downtown YMCA Gets Big Boost in Funding for Swimming Pool | whotv.com

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Alligator removed from YMCA swimming pool in South Carolina – WWAY TV3

Posted by | May 23, 2016 | Swimming Pool, Swimming Pools, YMCA

Beaufort firefighters removed a 3-foot-long alligator from a YMCA swimming pool.

Source: Alligator removed from YMCA swimming pool in South Carolina – WWAY TV3

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Volunteer converts hobby into inspiration | Sun Journal

Posted by | April 24, 2016 | synchronized swimming, YMCA

Nancy Lizotte works with a group of young swimmers during a recent synchronized swimming lesson at the YWCA of Central Maine in Lewiston.

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Manatee YMCA to offer new swim team in Parrish and reorganize team in Lakewood Ranch | April 13, 2016 

Posted by | April 13, 2016 | Swim Team, Swimming, YMCA

The Manatee YMCA will be offering a new YMCA swim team program in Parrish and a new direction for its team at the Lakewood Ranch Branch.  The new swim team

Source: Manatee YMCA to offer new swim team in Parrish and reorganize team in Lakewood Ranch | April 13, 2016 | Online Staff | Lakewood Ranch

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Maine swimmer sets YMCA national record — Sports — Bangor Daily News — BDN Maine

Posted by | April 13, 2016 | Swimming, YMCA

Competing for the Long Reach Swim Club of the Bath YMCA, Caitlin Tycz flew to a time of 52.43 seconds to win the 100-yard butterfly.

Source: Maine swimmer sets YMCA national record — Sports — Bangor Daily News — BDN Maine

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