USA Swimming Foundation ‘Make A Splash’
Initiative To Host Learn To Swim Event During
International Swimming Hall Of Fame (ISHOF) Weekend
In Fort Lauderdale On June 14, 2014
Olympic Gold Medalists Janet Evans, Jason Lezak and Olympian Alia Atkinson Will Give Free Swim Lessons To Children During The
Event And Water Safety Session
USA Swimming CEO Chuck Wielgus Will Be Inducted Into
ISHOFAs An Honor Contributor
(COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.), May 1, 2014 – The USA Swimming Foundation will host a USA Swimming Foundation “Make a Splash” water safety event during the International Swimming Hall of Fame weekend on June 14th in Fort Lauderdale, FL at the ISHOF Aquatic Complex. The event will feature Olympic Gold Medalists Janet Evans and Jason Lezak, as well as Olympian and Jamaican swimmer Alia Atkinson, who will give swim lessons to children and promote the importance of learning to swim.
“I’m really excited to partner with the International Swimming Hall of Fame on this event to raise awareness of the importance of learn-to-swim and reduce the number of drownings in South Florida,” says Executive Director of the USA Swimming Foundation Debbie Hesse. “We are happy to bring in Olympic legends and gold medalists Jason Lezak and Janet Evans to help us share this message.”
"The collective goal of all of us involved in aquatics is to prevent tragic drownings that occur all too frequently in south Florida," says Bruce Wigo, CEO of the International Swimming Hall of Fame. "The recent drownings of two sets of 2-year old twins in the greater Fort Lauderdale area demonstrates the importance of drowning prevention education cannot be overemphasized. ISHOF is extremely appreciative that the USA Swimming Foundation and USA Swimming will be bringing their message of the importance of learning to swim and water safety to South Florida."
This year, Chuck, Wielgus, USA Swimming CEO, will be inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame as an Honor Contributor at the 50th Annual Honoree Induction Ceremony on the evening of June 14, 2014 at the Marriott Resort Fort Lauderdale Harbor Beach. Chuck Wielgus has professionalized the administration and brought revolutionary changes to the organization by creating corporate partnership opportunities and media platforms for the athletes who have helped make swimming a tier one International Olympic Sport. He has also defined what it means to be a Champion In Life - while courageously facing the physical and emotional challenges of living with cancer since 2006.
The USA Swimming Foundation’s “Make a Splash” initiative is a national, child-focused water safety campaign. Through this initiative, the Foundation seeks to change the startling drowning statistics through three key efforts: save lives by teaching children the lifesaving skill of swimming through its national Make a Splash Local Partner Network, raise national awareness of the importance of learning to swim, and bring together a coalition of partners aligned to end drowning in the U.S. Currently, there are more than 600 Make a Splash local partners throughout the country and more than 2.2 million kids have taken swim lessons through the Make a Splash Local Partner network. The initiative has garnered high-profile media attention from various outlets including The Wall Street Journal, Associated Press, CNN Heroes, The Doctors, ABC World News with Diane Sawyer, and the NBC News award-winning piece “A Swimmer’s Mission” with journalist Tamron Hall.
About the USA Swimming Foundation
The USA Swimming Foundation serves as the philanthropic arm of USA Swimming. Established in 2004, the Foundation works to strengthen the sport by saving lives and building champions— in the pool and in life. Whether we’re equipping our children with the life-saving skill of learn-to-swim through our Make a Splash initiative, or providing financial support to our heroes on the U.S. National Team, the USA Swimming Foundation aims to provide the wonderful experience of swimming to kids at all levels across the country. To learn more, visit www.usaswimmingfoundation.org.
About International Swimming Hall of Fame
The International Swimming Hall of Fame & Museum (ISHOF) was established in 1965 as a not-for-profit educational organization in the City of Fort Lauderdale, Florida and was recognized by FINA, the international governing body for the Olympic aquatic sports, in 1968. The Mission of ISHOF is to PRESERVE and CELEBRATE aquatic history, to EDUCATE the general public about the importance of swimming as the key to water safety, drowning prevention, better health and a better quality of life, and to INSPIRE everyone to be a swimmer. ISHOF’s collection of swimming memorabilia, art, photos and films, along with archival documents and rare books in the Henning Library, make ISHOF the premier repository and academic research resource for swimming and aquatic history in the world.
For more information about USA Swimming Foundation’s Make a Splash initiative, visit: www.usaswimmingfoundation.org/makeasplash
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