The City of Boynton Beach Recreation & Parks Department received grant money from the USA Swimming Foundation to offer lessons to children who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford them. Boynton Beach is one of the 114 partners to earn a grant from the USA Swimming Foundation, which has awarded $474,000 through its 2017 Make a Splash grant program.
“In the United States, drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury death in children aged 1–14 years. Thanks to Make a Splash, we are able to enhance our drowning prevention efforts by reaching even more children in our community,” says Crystal Quesada, John Denson Pool Supervisor for the City of Boynton Beach.
The USA Swimming Foundation awards annual grants through a competitive application and review process. This year, the Foundation received nearly 200 applications and awarded 114 grants totaling more than $474,000 to help fund learn-to-swim programs. There are approximately 850 Make a Splash Local Partners who promote water safety education in their communities and provide scholarships for children to participate in their swim lesson programs.
“We have a goal to serve one million children nationwide, many who otherwise would not have the opportunity to learn to swim. Make a Splash Local Partners like Boynton Beach are instrumental in making that happen,” says Debbie Hesse, Executive Director of the USA Swimming Foundation. “We couldn’t provide these grants without the support of donors, sponsors and foundations who help support our efforts to provide free and reduced swim lessons for children around the country.”
For more information on Make a Splash Local Partner Grant Opportunities, visit: https://goo.gl/eKq1LR.