Greater Cleveland YMCA press release:
April 19, 2021
The Greater Cleveland YMCA was selected to receive a US $ 10,000 grant from the USA Swimming Foundation, which will be used in the Y’s continued efforts to provide free or affordable swimming lessons to children in the community. The USA Swimming Foundation has awarded a total of $ 507,618 to programs across the country that provide swimming lessons to an estimated 13,800 children.
“We are very excited to be selected for this scholarship,” said Phillip Hearne, director of Aquatics. “The YMCA has long been America’s favorite swimming instructor, but not everyone can afford the cost of swimming lessons. This funding will help keep children safe and keep them fun and healthy.”
The USA Swimming Foundation reviewed 243 applications through a competitive annual review process. Greater Cleveland’s YMCA is one of only 67 programs selected for funding.
“It’s an incredible feeling to know that the USA Swimming Foundation funds are being used to create a valuable swimming experience for thousands of children who may not have had the opportunity to learn to swim,” said Scott Usher, US director of development Swimming Foundation. “We are thrilled with the depth of this year’s pool of applicants for swimming lesson providers, and we couldn’t be more proud to support these life-saving opportunities for children across the country. We thank our partners and donors who continue to make a difference in our mission to save lives and become champions to build. “
Millions of children have received the life-saving gift of swimming lessons through the USA Swimming Foundation’s network of swimming lesson providers, comprised of more than 1,500 qualified lesson providers across the country. Since 2007, more than $ 6 million in scholarships to learn to swim has been awarded.
To learn more, visit www.usaswimming.org/foundation.
This press release was produced by The YMCA of Greater Cleveland. The views expressed here are the author’s own.