Do It Afraid- Kids Corner

Rhythm and Stroke LLC Receives 2018 Grant Funding

From USA Swimming Foundation  


Grant supports efforts to offer free or reduced cost swim lessons


Cleveland, Ohio- Rhythm and Stroke LLC was chosen as one of 78 Make a Splash programs in the U.S. to receive grant money from the USA Swimming Foundation in 2018. The awarded money will go toward Rhythm and Stroke’s continued efforts to provide free or reduced cost swim lessons. The USA Swimming Foundation awarded a total of $436,515 to programs across the country that will provide swim lessons to an estimated 16,000 children.


 “We are thrilled to be chosen for this grant,” Coach André explains. “The money we received will allow us to begin our Do it Afraid kids program, where we will teach children the importance of water safety”, Coach André continues. This program is designed to encourage children to learn to swim and reinforce the joys of swimming. The discipline necessary to participate in any sport as well as the exercise that swimming provides is a great way to not only promote safer water practices but also healthy living through remaining active.


Rhythm and Stroke LLC and ELYSTA foundation in collaboration with USA Swim will sponsor 6 children per wave and hold 3 waves per fiscal year for a total full tuition scholarship for 18 children.


The USA Swimming Foundation vetted 200 applications through a competitive annual review process and chose 78 programs to receive funding, 36 of whom are first time Make a Splash grant recipients.


“We are thrilled to be awarding this funding and so proud that it will be used to create a valuable swimming experience for thousands of children who may not have had the opportunity to learn how to swim,” USA Swimming Foundation Executive Director Debbie Hesse said. “These exciting and lifesaving opportunities would not be possible without the support of our USA Swimming Foundation partners and donors, who continue to help us make a difference across this country.”


More than 850 Make a Splash Local Partners promote water safety education in their communities and provide scholarships and transportation for children to participate in their swim lesson programs.  





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