USA Swimming Foundation Awards 2022 Grant Funding

The USA Swimming Foundation today announced that it has awarded $898,184 to learn to swim programs across the country through its 2022 grant program — the largest ever dollar amount awarded through its grant program for swim lesson providers. A gift of $200,000 from Step Into Swim, an initiative of the Pool & Hot Tub Foundation (PHTF) committed to safer swim education and drowning prevention, along with an additional $80,000 approved by the USA Swimming Foundation Board of Directors, helped bring youth learn to swim grant awards to the largest amount in USA Swimming foundation history.

The USA Swimming Foundation, the philanthropic arm of USA Swimming, vetted 184 youth grant applications through a competitive annual review process, selecting 102 programs across 29 states to receive $763,184 in funding as part of its 2022 grant program for swim lesson providers. These grants will support youth programs offering free or reduced-cost swim lessons, providing an estimated 19,870 children with the opportunity to learn how to swim.

A strong advocate of USA Swimming Foundation, Step Into Swim’s donation helps the Foundation continue to save lives and build champions.

“Learning to swim from a qualified instructor drastically reduces the risk of childhood drowning by 88%. The more awareness we bring to the importance of swim instruction, the more lives we can save,” says three-time Olympic gold medalist and VP of Partnerships and Development for PHTA Rowdy Gaines. “Step Into Swim is proud to collaborate with an organization like the USA Swimming Foundation, whose efforts to support learn-to-swim programs is important, life-saving work.”

For the first time, the USA Swimming Foundation has also awarded grant funding to programs that focus on adult learn-to-swim efforts, granting $135,000 to 39 adult learn-to-swim programs across 22 states, providing an estimated 2,007 adults the opportunity to learn how to swim. Earlier in 2021, U.S. Masters Swimming (USMS) moved its fundraising efforts for adult learn-to-swim programs from its Swimming Saves Lives Foundation to the USA Swimming Foundation, bringing all learn-to-swim fundraising efforts under the USA Swimming Foundation. U.S. Masters Swimming continues to own and administer adult learn-to-swim curriculum and certification for instructors, as well as provide resources to programs offering adult lessons throughout the United States.

The following programs have been awarded 2022 USA Swimming Foundation grant funding:

Youth Learn to Swim Programs

Andrson Swim School LLC, Cincinnati, Ohio

Bangor Region YMCA, Bangor, Maine

Boys & Girls Club of Deep East Texas, Nacogdoches, Texas

Boys  Girls Club of Lawrence, Lawrence, Massachusetts

Boys Girls Clubs of Chicago, Inc.    Chicago Illinois

City of Aiken, Aiken, South Carolina

City of Anoka, Anoka, Minnesota

City of Bakersfield Recreation and Parks, Bakersfield, California

City of Colusa, Colusa, California

City of Englewood, Englewood, New Jersey

City of Englewood, CO, Englewood Colorado

City of Folsom, Folsom, California

City of Jersey City,  Jersey City, New Jersey

City of King, King City, California

City of Marion, Marion, Illinois

City of Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee

City of Myrtle Beach, SC, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

City of Peoria, Peoria, Arizona

City of Riverside, Riverside, California

City Swim Project, Buffalo, New York

CLE Swimming, LLC, Olmsted Falls, Ohio

Clovis Unified School District, Clovis, California

College Hill Presbyterian Swim Ministry, Cincinnati, Ohio

Dad's Club Aquatic Center / Dad's Club Swim Start, Houston, Texas

Evanston Swim School LLC, Evanston, Illinois

Fort Worth Drowning Prevention Coalition, Fort Worth, Texas

Grand Rapids Ray and Joan Kroc Salvation Army Kroc Corps Community Center, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Greater Holyoke YMCA, Holyoke, Massachusetts

Greater Peoria Family YMCA, Peoria, Illinois

Greater Richmond Aquatics Partnership, Richmond, Virginia

Harris County Precinct One Street Olympics, Inc. Houston Texas

Historic Cleveland Ave YMCA of Montgomery, AL (YMCA of Greater Montgomery), Montgomery, Alabama

Inspirational Triathlon Racing International d/b/a i-tri,  East Hampton, New York

Jewish Community Center--Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Indiana

Kenosha YMCA, Kenosha, Wisconsin

Kraken Swim School, Hubbard, Ohio

Leadership, Education and Athletics in Partnership, Inc,  New Haven, Connecticut

Madison Area YMCA,  Madison, New Jersey

Magnolia Independent School District - Magnolia Aquatic Club,  Magnolia, Texas

Merrimack Valley YMCA, Lawrence, Massachusetts

Metro Aquatics Boosters,  Tacoma, Washington

Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges, Livingston, New Jersey

Michigan City Piranha Swim, Michigan City, Indiana

Mundelein Swim School LLC, Mundelein, Illinois

Muskegon Heights Public School Academy Systems, Muskegon, Michigan

Muskegon YMCA,  Muskeon, Michigan

Nashville Dolphins, Nashville, Tennessee

NILE SWIM CLUB OF YEADON,  Yeadon, Pennsylvania

North Dallas Aquatics Inc., Frisco, Texas

North Suburban Young Men’s Christian Association, Northbrook, Illinois

Northbrook Swim School LLC, Northbrook, Illinois

Port Charlotte Pirates Swim Club, Inc.,  Murdock, Florida

Raritan Valley YMCA, A New Jersey Non-Profit Corporation, East Brunswick, New Jersey

Robbinsdale Community Education-District 281,  Plymouth, Minnesota

Rutherford Swim Association, Rutherford, New Jersey

Santa Fe Aquatics,  Santa Fe, New Mexico

Sensory Enhanced Aquatics    Kansas City Kansas

sharks swim club, League City, Texas

Silver Bay YMCA,  Silver Bay, New York

South Sound Young Men & Christian Association, Olympia, Washington

Specialty Aquatic Programs LLC,  Troy, Michigan

St. Augustine Preparatory Academy/Walter Schroeder Aquatic Center,  Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Stamford Family YMCA,  Stamford, Connecticut

SwemKids International, Inc., Atlanta, Georgia

Swim Beyond LLC,  Atlanta, Georgia

Swim Center at Westminster School, Simsbury, Connecticut

Swim to the Top,  Tuscaloosa, Alabama

SwimLabs Littleton,  Littleton, Colorado

Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA, Inc., Tampa, Florida

TANKPROOF,  Prairieville, Louisiana

The Gift of Swimming,  Winter Garden, Florida

The Riverbrook Regional YMCA, Inc. Wilton, Connecticut

The Salvation Army Rancho, Palos Verdes, California

The West Cook YMCA, Inc., Oak Park, Illinois

Tillamook County Family YMCA,  Tillamook, Oregon

Trident Swim Foundation, Inc.,  New York, New York

Tucson Jewish Community Center, Inc.,  Tucson, Arizona

Upper Palmetto YMCA, Rock Hill, South Carolina

Urban Swim Cleveland LLC, Cleveland, Heights Ohio

V3 Sports, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Valley of the Sun YMCA, Phoenix, Arizona

Woodland Hills Aquatic Team,  Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

YMCA of Boulder Valley, Lafayette, Colorado

YMCA of Eastern Union County, Elizabeth, New Jersey

YMCA of Greater Dayton - Downtown Branch,  Dayton, Ohio

YMCA of Greater Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky

YMCA of Greater Michiana, Niles, Michigan

YMCA of Greater Omaha, Omaha, Nebraska

YMCA of Greater Seattle,  Seattle, Washington

YMCA of Kingston and Ulster County, Kingston, New York

YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago,  Chicago, Illinois

YMCA of New Orleans Metropolitan, Metairie, Louisiana

YMCA of Prattville, Alabama, Inc., Prattville, Alabama

YMCA of Snohomish County, Everett, Washington

YMCA of South Collier, Marco Island, Florida

YMCA of Southwest Washington, Longview, Washington

YMCA of the Greater Houston Area, Houston, Texas

YMCA of the North, Minneapolis, Minnesota

YMCA of the North Shore, Inc., Beverly, Massachusetts

YMCA, Boston, Attleboro, Massachusetts

YWCA Evanston/North Shore,  Evanston, Illinois

YWCO of Athens, GA, Inc., Athens, Georgia

Adult Learn to Swim Programs

Bangor Region YMCA, Bangor, Maine

Central Adult Learn-to-Swim, Inc., Louisville,  Kentucky

City of Englewood Recreation Department, Englewood,  New Jersey

City of Rockport - Community Pool, Rockport, Texas

Evolutionary Aquatics, LLC, Charlotte, North Carolina

Find Your Fins, Inc, Tucson, Arizona

Fort Worth Drowning Prevention Coalition, Fort Worth, Texas

Friends of + POOL, Inc., New York, New York

Greenville Splash, Mauldin, South Carolina

Groton Recreation, Groton, New York

Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore, Owings Mills, Maryland

Marin Aquatic Masters, Novato, California

Miracle Swimming School for Adults, LLC Sarasota Florida

Montgomery County Recreation Wheaton Maryland

Moscow Chinook Masters- Adult Learn to Swim, Moscow,   Idaho

Mt. Pleasant Aquatics, Mt. Pleasant, Utah

Muskegon Young Men’s Christian Association, Muskegon,  Michigan

Muslimahs Endure, Inc, Atlanta, Georgia

Phoenix Swim Club, Paradise Valley, Arizona

Piedmont Family YMCA, Charlottesville, Virginia

Raritan Valley YMCA, East Brunswick, New Jersey

Rhythm and Stroke LLC, Cleveland, Ohio

Rockland County YMCA, Nyack, New York

S3 Swim DBA Specialty Aquatic Programs LLC, Troy, Michigan

Sensory Enhanced Aquatics, Kansas City, Kansas

Sigma Swimming, Fort Worth, Texas

SilverPeak Performance, Sunland, California

Swim Fit Alaska, Fairbanks, Alaska

SwimBox Community Foundation, Springfield, Virginia

Swimming with Alaska Masters, Anchorage, Alaska

Team New York Aquatics, Inc., New York, New York

The Salvation Army Western Territorial Headquarters, Rancho Palos Verdes, California

Valley of the Sun YMCA, Phoenix, Arizona

West Suburban YMCA, Newton, Massachusetts

YMCA of Greater Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio

YMCA of Greater Houston Houston, Texas

YMCA of Kingston and Ulster County, Kingston, New York

YMCA of South Palm Beach County, Inc., Boca Raton, Florida

Young Women’s Christian Organization (YWCO), Athens, Georgia

Zionsville Aquatic Center/Zionsville Com Schools, Zionsville, Indiana

The USA Swimming Foundation works to strengthen the sport of swimming by raising funds to support programs that save lives and build champions. To learn more about the USA Swimming Foundation, including how to find a learn-to-swim program in your area and grant opportunities, please visit

Since its inception, the Step Into Swim program has provided nearly 300,000 children with free swimming lessons. To learn more about this initiative, please visit

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