Sunday, January 30, 2011

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Make a Splash Local Partner and Donor Team Up in Chicago

With 316 local partners in 43 states across the country, Make a Splash - the USA Swimming Foundation’s acclaimed childhood learn to swim program – is no longer a secret of the swimming community!

Since 2007, Make a Splash has reached an audience of more than 640,000 people and enhanced nearly 25,000 children’s lives by providing them with free or discounted swim instruction. It is the goal of the USA Swimming Foundation to share Make a Splash messaging nationwide and to make every child in America water-safe.

To achieve this ambitious goal, the USA Swimming Foundation reaches out to our most active and generous friends and fans. By inviting local swim clubs, athletes, coaches, volunteers, donors and neighbors to join in our efforts, more children are reached with the lifesaving message and more families make learning to swim a priority.

A great example of this partnership in action can be found at Lindblom Math & Science Academy. Located in one of Chicago’s most underprivileged neighborhoods, Lindblom has been a Make a Splash partner since 2009 and recently, was the distinguished recipient of a $10,000 grant to aid their learn-to-swim initiative. Grant dollars will be used to cover costs of instructors, programming, equipment and most importantly, security staff to keep the pool and the building safe and open to the public as they welcome the dozens of children already enrolled.

Alan Demski, Aquatics Director at Lindblom Math & Science Academy, couldn’t be more grateful for the gift. “Swimming can be a lifesaving tool, a lifelong physical fitness activity and a great way to instill confidence and a strong work ethic in kids. The team at Lindblom is proud to be able to share that with the families in our neighborhood.”

Grants to deserving Make a Splash partners would not be possible without the generosity of USA Swimming Foundation friends like Tom Holmberg. Mr. Holmberg and his Higher Path Foundation have been instrumental in providing financial resources and momentum to the Make a Splash message in his hometown Chicago. By supporting programs at Lindblom, local YMCA’s and several others, Mr. Holmberg is certainly doing his part to help the USA Swimming Foundation reach their goal of teaching every child in America how to be safe in and around the water!

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