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January 24, 2020

The grants totaling more than $100,000 are given in support of U.S. Masters Swimming's efforts to make more adults safer in and around water

SARASOTA, Fla. - Nearly 70 adult learn-to-swim lessons providers nationwide will receive funding and education support from the USMS Swimming Saves Lives Foundation in 2020.

The grants totaling more than $100,000 are given in support of U.S. Masters Swimming's efforts to make more adults safer in and around water. These programs offer swim lessons to adults at a reduced cost or for free and are most often led by USMS-certified adult learn-to-swim instructors. These instructors have been educated by USMS in the techniques and methods that work best for adult-beginner swimmers.
In 2019, nearly 2,000 adults took swim lessons in SSLF programs around the country, making them less likely to be among the 10 people who drown every day in the United States.
The benefit of adults learning to swim goes beyond the student. Research shows that children of an adult who doesn't know how to swim have only a 19 percent chance of learning.
"Adult swim lessons save lives," says Bill Brenner, chief operating officer of USMS. "We here at USMS and the foundation are committed to making more people safer around water. The SSLF grant programs and our certified adult learn-to-swim instructors are making a difference in whole families."
SSLF was established as the charitable arm of USMS in 2010 and is supported by donations from USMS members and friends and has awarded nearly $700,000 since its inception.
USMS is the national governing body of adult competitive swimming in the United States.  
The 2020 USMS Swimming Saves Lives Foundation grant programs are listed below by state. Information about individual programs can be found here.
Swim Fit Alaska, Fairbanks

Memorial Park Natatorium, Jasper

Pine Bluff Aquatic Center, Pine Bluff           

Arizona Aquatic Sports Foundation/Mesa Aquatics Club, Mesa
Ahwatukee Community Swim & Tennis Center, Gilbert
Northern Arizona University Campus Rec, Flagstaff
SaddleBrooke Swim Club, Tucson

Embarcadero YMCA, San Francisco
SilverPeak Performance, Sunland
Richmond Swims, Richmond
Walnut Creek Masters, Walnut Creek
Salvation Army Kroc Center San Diego, San Diego
Competitive Tri-Swim Masters, Rancho Cucamonga
Cal Rec Sports, UC Berkeley, Berkeley
Marin Aquatic Masters, Novato
SAMO Masters, Culver City
Temescal Aquatic Masters, Oakland

District of Columbia        
C and O Aquatics, Washington, D.C.

YMCA of Delaware, Dover

For Fun, For Fitness, For Life, The Villages
Sarasota Tsunami Masters, Sarasota
Palm Beach Masters, Jupiter
Swamp Water Aquatics, Gainesville          
SWIMS Foundation, Overland Park   
Waddle's Adult Swim Academy, Sarasota
Orthotic and Prosthetic Activities Foundation, Orlando

YMCA of Metro Atlanta, Atlanta
Kennesaw State Univ. Dept. of Sports and Rec. Aquatics Dept., Kennesaw
Swim Beyond the Boundaries, Atlanta

Salvation Army Kroc Center Coeur d'Alene, Coeur d'Alene
Moscow Chinooks Masters, Moscow

Saluki Masters Swim Club, Carbondale

Zionsville Aquatic Masters, Zionsville

Central ALTS, Louisville
Clear Creek Masters, Shelbyville
Western Kentucky Green Gators, Bowling Green

Gulf Coast Multi-Sport, Slidell

YMCA of Martha's Vineyard, Vineyard Haven
Worcester Area Masters, Worcester
Charles River Aquatics Masters, Boston

YMCA of the Chesapeake, Easton
Hopkins School of Medicine Swim Club, Baltimore

Penobscot Bay YMCA, Rockport

Grand Traverse Bay YMCA, Traverse City

Twin Cities Aquatics Cooperative, Minneapolis

Megan Cameron Swim Coaching, Joplin

Bozeman Masters Swim Club, Bozeman

North Carolina  
Gaston Aquatics, Gastonia
Greensboro Aquatics Center, Greensboro        

New York           
Nickel City Splash, North Tonawanda

Bowling Green Swim Club, Bowling Green
Rhythm & Stroke LLC, Beechwood
Y of Greater Cincinnati: Clermont and M.E. Lyons branches, Cincinnati

Grants Pass Family YMCA, Grants Pass
Hood River Valley Parks and Rec District, Hood River
Faculty-Staff Fitness OSU, Corvallis

South Carolina  
Greenville Splash Masters, Greenville
Grand Strand Masters Swimming, N. Myrtle Beach
Palmetto Masters, Mount Pleasant

Fort Worth Drowning Prevention Coalition, Fort Worth
Texas Ford Aquatics Masters, Frisco
PowerWatt Coaching, Brownsville

Queer Utah Aquatic Club, Salt Lake City

Sport & Health, McLean, McLean

Stowe Swimmers Foundation, Stowe
Upper Valley Aquatic Center, White River Junction

YMCA of Greater Seattle-Bellevue Family YMCA, Bellevue

Making Waves Milwaukee, Milwaukee


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