As the philanthropic arm of USA Swimming, the USA Swimming Foundation works to strengthen the sport from grassroots to gold medals.
USA Swimming and the USA Swimming Foundation Welcome New President and CEO: Tim Hinchey
USA Swimming National Team Director Frank Busch describes Tim Hinchey as having chlorine in his veins.
That's a biological phenomenon that will come in handy in Hinchey's new role as President and CEO of USA Swimming. He begins his new journey after spending the past six years as President of the Major League Soccer (MLS) Colorado Rapids.
A longtime swimmer - learning as a 5-year-old before joining a club at age 9 - Hinchey said he plans to take the first six months or so observing and traveling to meet members of the swimming community...
The 2017 Make a Splash Tour
Presented by Phillips 66
The USA Swimming Foundation once again hit the road to share the vital message of learning to swim. The 9th Annual Make a Splash Tour presented by Phillips 66 visited 5 cities to bring awareness to the importance of water safety and teaching children how to swim. You can see the tour in action by checking out our comprehensive Flipboard with photos, videos, and media from across the Tour!
Houston, Texas - The tour kicked off with an awesome weekend in Houston, Texas that included visits to the Harris County Aquatic Center, the YMCA of Greater Houston, The Julia C. Hester House, the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club, and Dad's Club.
Rowdy Gaines, Cullen Jones, and Simone Manuel helped spread the lifesaving message of learn-to-swim. Activities included a panel discussion at Phillips 66 headquarters, a press conference where both the Mayor of Houston and a Commissioner pledged to learn how to swim in 2017, and getting into the water with hundreds of Houston-area children!
Los Angeles, California
- The second stop of the 2017 saw Missy Franklin join the tour! She and Rowdy Gaines visited several sites for a press conference, breakfast, and presentations before jumping in the pool at the Wilmington YMCA.
New Orleans, Louisiana
- Next on the tour was a visit to the gulf city of NOLA! Cullen and Rowdy talked to the media, attended a luncheon, and visited with the parents and swimmers at the Belle Chasse YMCA. The local media covered the event throughout the day and truly helped to spread awareness about the importance of learning to swim.
Miami & Fort Lauderdale, Florida
- The final tour stops were a whirl of activity. Cullen and Rowdy once again advocated for the importance of swim lessons. This time they were joined by Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Shultz.
In addition to the extensive media coverage and tour footage, the USA Swimming Foundation produced a video about the reasons behind the tour, and Make a Splash. Take a look at some of the highlights from this year's Houston Tour stop:
The USA Swimming Foundation Welcomes New Foundation Projects Manager: Kristina Stockburger
The USA Swimming Foundation welcomes new staff member
to the role of Foundation Projects Manager.
Prior to joining the USA Swimming Foundation, Kristina worked for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in Indianapolis, Indiana. At the NCAA, Kristina assisted with organizational communications and former student-athlete outreach and engagement efforts. Before the NCAA, she worked at Johnson & Johnson where she organized and implemented event marketing strategies with U.S. Soccer, Major League Soccer, and the TriRock Philadelphia Triathlon.
As the Foundation Projects Manager, Kristina plans and executes a variety of projects and programs for the USA Swimming Foundation, including the Foundation's
Swim-a-Thon fundraising program
U.S. National Team Alumni group
. As a new resident to Colorado Springs, Kristina enjoys exploring the beautiful state of Colorado, attending sporting events, cooking, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
Kristina is taking over for Carol Arnold, who, after more than 10 years of dedicated service, retired in June of this year. We wish Carol all the best in this new chapter of her life!
USA Swimming Foundation Announces 5-10% Increase in Swimming Ability Among U.S. Children
We're excited to announce a 5-10 percent improvement in overall swimming ability from our previous findings in 2010, according to a new study regarding swimming ability amongst America's youth conducted by the University of Memphis and University of Nevada-Las Vegas.
However, there is still much work to be done as nearly 64% of African-American children, 45% of Hispanic children, and 40% of Caucasian children have no to low swimming ability, putting them at risk for drowning. A concerning finding was that 87% of swimmers with no or low ability plan to go to a swimming facility this summer at least once and 34% plan to swim 10 or more times this summer.
Check out our infographic of study highlights below, or click here for more study results.
2017 Performance Camp:
Youth Camp - September 1-4
Adult Camp - October 6-8
Don't miss your chance to spend a weekend on the campus of the U.S. Olympic Training Center where you can sleep, eat, and train like a member of the national team.
What's Camp like? Check out the video below:
2017 Youth Performance Camp
National Team Athletes and Coaches
2016 Women's Olympic Team Coach
Registration is open for the youth camp, but spots are limited and going fast. Go to our website to learn more and register today!
Registration for the Adult Camp is currently closed, but spots often become open as camp draws near. To join the waitlist please send an email, with a phone number, to
Nicole for adult camp
Are you in the Dallas area?
Will you attend the USAS Convention?
Join us for Lunch!
Tickets for the USA Swimming Foundation's 2017 United States Aquatic Sports Convention Luncheon are now available! The Luncheon will be held in Dallas, Texas on
Friday, September 15th at the Old Red Museum from noon to 1:30 pm.
Three-time Olympic gold medalist, USA Swimming Foundation Ambassador, and NBC's "Voice of Swimming", Rowdy Gaines, will serve as our Master of Ceremonies!
Attendees at this event will not only get the opportunity to mingle with, and hear from, special guest speakers and Olympians, but a portion of your ticket price will also play an important role in supporting the USA Swimming Foundation's mission to save lives and build champions - in the pool and in life.
For more information, or to buy your tickets, visit our website.
The USA Swimming Foundation Awards an Additional $130,000 in Grant Funding to Make a Splash Local Partners
To help swim lesson providers nationwide offer lessons to children who otherwise would not have the opportunity, the
USA Swimming Foundation
has awarded approximately $475,000 through its 2017 grant fund. After awarding $342,000 in March 2017, the Foundation was able to fund an additional $130,000 this summer. Since 2007, the Foundation has awarded more than $4.4 million dollars to help fund learn-to-swim programs across the country.
Through USA Swimming Foundation funding this year, more than 35,000 children will be served through grants provided to 114 Make a Splash Local Partners. This is the most children the USA Swimming Foundation has served through its annual grant fund in a given year, and the most Make a Splash Local Partner grantees. Over the last 10 years, more than 4.9 million children have received formalized swim instruction through the Make a Splash Local Partner network.
This year alone, our goal is to see 1 million children take lessons through Make a Splash Local Partners, and these additional funds will help more children experience the life-saving gift of swimming. To learn more about the USA Swimming Foundation's Make a Splash initiative please
Join USA Swimming and the USA Swimming Foundation in celebration of the 2017 World Championship Team at this year's Golden Goggle Awards!
2017 Phillips 66 National Championships
The U.S. National
Team is off to take on the world's fastest swimmers at the FINA World Championship in Budapest, Hungary. In order to make the team, each swimmer had to prove themselves against the best swimmers in the U.S. at the 2017 Phillips 66 National Championships held June 27-July 1 in Indianapolis. Veterans of the national team have been joined by some new blood and it promises to be a battle in the pool.
For a run-down of some of the new talent gracing the US National Team at World Championships check out this article from
You can also watch the fastest men in the pool battle it out for their spot on the team in the 50m freestyle below:
Looking for more videos of Phillips 66 National Championship races? Check out USA Swimming's video archive here.
National Team Alumni Gather in Indianapolis
The second U.S. National Team Alumni social of 2017 took place at the Phillips 66 National Championships on
Saturday, July 1st
Several generations of alumni gathered to reminisce about their time in the pool and visit with special guests, Ryan Murphy and Tom Shields. Also in attendance, USA Swimming Chief Operating Officer, Mike Unger
, who shared a behind the scenes glimpse of the Nationals swim meet and the road to the 2017 FINA World Championships.
Were you a member of the U.S. National Team? Whether you were a multi-medal winning swimmer or wore the red, white, and blue for one season, the USA Swimming Foundation is a place to call home. Checkout our
for more information on how you can be involved with the USA Swimming Foundation!
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