The City of Boynton Beach Recreation & Parks Department was chosen as one of 78 Make a Splash programs in the U.S. to receive grant money from the USA Swimming Foundation in 2018. The awarded money will go toward John H. Denson Pool’s continued efforts to provide free swim lessons. The USA Swimming Foundation awarded a total of $436,515 to programs across the country that will provide swim lessons to an estimated 16,000 children.
“We are thrilled to have been chosen for this grant,” says Aquatics Supervisor Crystal Quesada. “Thanks to Make a Splash, we’ll be able to offer free swimming lessons to 75 kids in our community to further our drowning prevention and water safety efforts.”
The USA Swimming Foundation vetted 200 applications through a competitive annual review process and chose 78 programs to receive funding, 36 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 promote water safety education in their communities and provide scholarships and transportation for children to participate in their swim lesson programs.
For more information on John H. Denson Pool, visit boynton-beach.org.