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The S.W.I.M.S. Foundation Gets New President
Bruce Wigo, CEO of ISHOF, Succeeds Barry Shaw

January 17, 2008 – Fort Lauderdale – The S.W.I.M.S. Foundation announced today that Bruce Wigo, the CEO of the International Swimming Hall of Fame, will succeed Barry Shaw as President of the organization.  Shaw was the Foundation’s founding President and served in that capacity since its inception in 1999. 

Last year, under Shaw’s leadership, the S.W.I.M.S. Foundation raised more than $100,000 in grant funds to provide scholarships for underprivileged at-risk children, ages 3-14, and for transportation expenses that enabled Swim Central to extend instructional services to 130 elementary schools and four middle schools in and out of Broward County, for a total of 134 schools, thereby educating over 26,000 children with water safety instruction.

“Barry has been an incredible force in this community for promoting water safety and drowning prevention,” said Ron Ishoy, Vice President of the S.W.I.M.S. Foundation.”

“Barry’s efforts on behalf of water safety cannot be overestimated,” said Matt Berman, CEO of Swim Central. “A near drowning victim himself as a child, Barry has been a tireless advocate of water safety programs for children in Broward County and around the world.”

“Today’s headlines underscore the need to educate both children and parents about water safety,” said Bruce Wigo, referring the drowning of a 3 and 4 year old in a local back yard pool yesterday.

“I also recognize that the International Swimming Hall of Fame’s founding mission was to make ‘Every Child a Swimmer’ and that ISHOF was involved in the founding of both The S.W.I.M.S. Foundation and Swim Central, so I am honored to continue the work that Barry began,” Wigo said.

 Wigo has been a member of The S.W.I.M.S. Foundation board since becoming CEO of the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 2005.  Last year, ISHOF helped organize Swim Central’s April Pool Day at the Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Complex, an event that brought over 1,000 Broward County middle school students to ISHOF for a day of water safety instruction and fun and games.  The April Pools Day program will be held again this year on April 11, 2008.

About The S.W.I.M.S. Foundation
The mission of The S.W.I.M.S. (“Safe Water Instruction Means Safety”) Foundation, a State of Florida community-based 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization, is to provide to all children in South Florida and ultimately the United States, safe water instruction and the basic elements of water safety and to prevent drowning deaths and near drowning incidents. To learn more about The S.W.I.M.S. Foundation:  www.swimsfoundation.org

About Swim Central
Swim Central was formally established in 1999 as a joint effort between the Broward County government, Florida Legislature and the School Board of Broward County. Swim Central’s purpose is to prevent incidents of drowning and near drawings of children. Since its inception, Swim Central has provided Broward County’s children, ages 3-17 years of age, with over one million water safety education lessons.  To learn more about Swim Central: www.broward.org/parks/swimcentral.htm

About the International Swimming Hall of Fame
The International Swimming Hall of Fame is a State of Florida 501 © 3 not-for-profit educational organization.  Located in Fort Lauderdale, since 1965, the mission of the Hall is to promote the benefits and importance of swimming as a key to fitness, good health, quality of life ad the water safety of Children. ISHOF is the Hall of Fame of FINA, the International Governing Body for the Olympic sports of Swimming, Diving, Synchronized Swimming and Water Polo.  To learn more about ISHOF:  www.ishof.org

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