YWCA Evanston/North Shore’s Flying Fish Aquatics program was recently chosen as one of 151 “Make a Splash” local partner programs to receive grant funding from the USA Swimming Foundation in 2018. The awarded money will go toward the Flying Fish Swim School and its ongoing efforts to provide free or reduced cost swim lessons to local families.
Through its “Make a Splash” initiative, the USA Swimming Foundation awarded a total of $702,819 to programs across the country that will help provide swim lessons to an estimated 27,239 children, the most distributed since “Make a Splash’s” inception in 2007.
“We are very happy to receive this grant,” said YWCA’s Aquatics Director Pete Caragher. “It will not only help fund our outreach, it also is a validation of the work we’ve been doing for many years now, which is to get as many kids in the water as possible learning how to swim. This is a vital health and safety issue, especially in lakeside communities like ours.”
Aquatics at YWCA Evanston/North Shore offers scholarships to families in need and participates in collaborative community partnerships, such as Evanston Swims!, to increase accessibility to swimming lessons for children in northeastern Cook County.
The USA Swimming Foundation vetted over 200 applications through a competitive review process and chose 151 programs to receive funding.
“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.
For more information on the “Make a Splash” grants distributed, visit www.USASwimmingFoundation.org.
The Flying Fish Aquatics program at YWCA Evanston/North Shore is committed to teaching all children to swim through the Flying Fish Swim School and offering them opportunities to grow in the sport through the Flying Fish Swim Team. With more than 400 swimmers on the Flying Fish Swim Team and 1,200 annually in the Flying Fish Swim School, YWCA’s program is one of the largest in Illinois. Learn more at www.ywca-ens.org/what-we-do/flying-fish-aquatics.