The foundation’s $4,500 grant will go toward the Flying Fish Swim School’s ongoing efforts to provide free or reduced-cost swim lessons to local families.
The USA Swimming Foundation vetted 241 applications and chose 85 programs nationwide to receive funding. YWCA’s Flying Fish Swim School was one of four programs in Illinois to receive a grant for 2019.
“We are very happy to receive this award,” said YWCA Evanston/North Shore Aquatics Manager Peter Raffel, who oversees the Flying Fish Swim School. “The grant will not only help us reach more families in the area, 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 an important public health and safety issue.”
One in three families enrolled in the Flying Fish Swim School at YWCA Evanston/North Shore receives financial assistance made possible by grants and private donations.
YWCA also participates in collaborative community partnerships, such as Evanston Swims!, to improve access to swimming lessons for children in northeastern Cook County.
For more information on “Make a Splash” grants, 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.