June 2015 Issue
I am a Champion!
Thank you!
Make A Splash: Tour Recap
Arena Pro Series
Featured Philanthropist
Performance Camps
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Dear  ,

I hope this finds you well and enjoying the summer so far. It's been a busy time at the USA Swimming Foundation, and we have a lot to share.  

We just finished the USA Swimming Foundation's 2015 Make a Splash Tour presented by Phillips 66. It was a great success and we left an additional $13,500 in the host communities; please take a moment to flip through the media coverage we 
received. We are also gearing up for our Performance Camps and undertaking a new communication project (keep an eye on your mailbox)! 


In addition to all of these activities, the National Team swimmers delivered outstanding performances at the Arena Pro Swim meet in Santa Clara, CA. I hope you'll take a few moments to read through our newsletter and I hope to connect with you soon!



Debbie Hesse

Executive Director

USA Swimming Foundation


Support the USA Swimming Foundation with a gift today!


The USA Swimming Foundation not only supports competitive swimmers, our Make a Splash Initiative works hard to save children's lives through swimming lessons. Formal swimming lessons reduces the likelihood of childhood drowning by 88%; and we are committed to ensuring swimming and water safety education for all children, regardless of their ability to pay.

Join in our efforts with two 

easy steps:


1. Encourage the children in your life (and their parents) to enroll in swimming lessons.


2. Make a donation to the USA Swimming Foundation - give the lifesaving gift of swimming to a child in need.


Your gift, regardless of size, will help to ensure that children across the country have the opportunity to enroll in swim lessons and become safer in, on, and around the water.  With your help we can make strides towards reducing childhood drownings this year.


or text SWIM to 91999 to donate today!

Thanks to YOU, we Beat our Goal!


A BIG thank you to everyone who responded to the call to make a donation by May 31st to help the USA Swimming Foundation receive a $50,000 matching gift. Due to your timely generosity, we beat our goal and raised $53,575! 


We appreciate all of the support from our donors and the extreme kindness of Trustees Bart and Linda Wear. Together you have made a great impact in the USA Swimming Foundation's ability to save lives and build champions - in the pool and in life.


Missed the matching gift campaign? You can still make a difference by donating today!

Recap: 2015 Make a Splash Tour 

presented by Phillips 66


4 Cities, 5 Athletes, 

1 Very Important Message


Olympians Rowdy Gaines, Conor Dwyer, Cullen Jones, Jessica Hardy, and Terry Hunt from Phillips 66 take their marks on the 3-D chalk pool in Chicago's Pioneer Court on Michigan Avenue as part of the 2015 Make a Splash Tour.

The USA Swimming Foundation wrapped up its 7th Make a Splash Tour presented by Phillips 66 on June 22. The Tour stopped in 4 cities to spread the l ifesaving message of learn-to-swim.

Olympians and USA Swimming Foundation Ambassadors Cullen Jones and Rowdy Gaines, visited pools in Freeport TX, Alliance LA, and San Antonio TX. They were joined in Chicago IL, by fellow Olympians Jessica Hardy, Conor Dwyer, and Christine Magnuson - all of whom hopped  in the pool with children of all ages to introduce them to the water and start them on their way to learning how to swim.

The tour was a great success and generated national  media coverage for the importance of learning to swim. To see the interviews, read the stories, and learn more about the 2015 Make a Splash tour, check out our flipboard here .

Watch a video of the 3-D pool we built on Chicago's Michigan Avenue come to life. What took hours and the efforts of many to design and build can be watched from start to finish in just 3 minutes!

2015 Make a Splash Tour,  3-D Pool


National Team Athletes Impress 

at Santa Clara 

The Arena Pro Series took place June 18-21
 at the George F. Haines International Aquatic Center in Santa Clara, CA. Olympic gold medalist Natalie Coughlin set American and U.S. Open records in the 50-meter backstroke to highlight night two of competition. You can catch up on all the highlights here.

Featured Philanthropist: 

Kate Stephensen will Swim the Catalina Channel 

to Promote Learn-to-Swim


Kate Stephenson Swims the Catalina Channel
Kate Stephensen Plans to Swim the Catalina Channel


In August of 2016 Kate Stephensen plans to complete a solo swim of 20 miles across the Catalina Channel to the California mainland.  During the course of her training she is working to spread the word about the USA Swimming Foundation and its mission to raise funds to support programs that save lives and build champions - in the pool and in life. 

Kate is a life-long swimmer and passionate about providing all children the same opportunities to learn to swim that she had growing up. Visit Kate's website  to read her compelling story and learn about the motivation behind her endeavor.

Sign-up Today for 

Performance Camp!

Don't Miss Your Chance to Live,  Eat, and Train Like an  Olympian.




Adult Performance Camp

October 16-18, 2015 


with Cullen Jones, Rowdy Gaines, Jason Lezak, Debbie Meyer, and Todd Schmitz


:  October 16-18


WhereOlympic Training Center, Colorado Springs


Ages:   19+


Cost:    $2,500/athlete


Registration Fees include room, board, and all camp activities. Air Transportation is not included; roundtrip ground transportation will be provided from the Colorado Springs Airport (COS).


*A portion of each registration fee goes back to the USA Swimming Foundation as a tax-deductible donation.


The Youth Camp sold out in record time! 

Space is limited...  Register Today!



Need more information? Visit www.USASwimmingFoundation.org/camp
 Download our informational flier here.
and watch the video from last year's camp.

Adult Performance Camp
Adult Performance Camp