The USA Swimming Foundation
The USA Swimming Foundation raises funds to support programs that save lives and build champions - in the pool and in life.
The USA Swimming Foundation’s Make a Splash initiative is a national child-focused water safety campaign, which aims to provide the opportunity for every child in America to learn to swim. Through Make a Splash, the USA Swimming Foundation partners with learn-to-swim providers and water safety advocates across the country to provide swimming lessons and educate children and their families on the importance of learning how to swim. The USA Swimming Foundation has invested more than $4 million dollars to provide grants to qualified Local Partner learn-to-swim programs, to spread national awareness, and to bring together strategic partners to end drowning. To date, more than 4 million children have received the lifesaving gift of swim lessons through the USA Swimming Foundation Make a Splash Local Partner network, comprised of more than 750 qualified lesson providers across the nation.
The United States is one of a few countries with a government that does not provide funding for its Olympic level athletes.
In order to compete on an international level, most elite swimmers are required to train full-time, allowing them little or no time for traditional employment. While several top swimmers have reached celebrity status, allowing them to command salaries for product endorsements and personal appearances, the majority of U.S. National Team athletes rely on funding from outside sources to train and compete. The median income for most Olympic hopefuls is less than $20,000 annually.
Funding from the USA Swimming Foundations allows our athletes and coaches to stay focused on their swimming goals and helps to provide crucial financial support to compete on swimming's most elite stages. From 2013 to 2016, the USA Swimming Foundation provided more than $2,000,000 to the National Team for direct athlete support, coaching incentives, and National Junior Team travel.