FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 20, 2018
Hilary LaMotte Burke, MSW
Director, Marketing & Communications
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Grant supports USASF’s efforts to offer free or reduced cost swim lesson


Milford, DE – Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club awarded one of 151 Make a Splash Local Partner programs in the U.S. to receive grant funding from the USA Swimming Foundation in 2018. The awarded money will go toward the Clubs’ continued efforts to provide free or reduced cost swim lessons to underserved communities around the country.

The USA Swimming Foundation awarded a total of $702,819 to programs across the country that will help provide swim lessons to an estimated 27,239 children; the most distributed since Make a Splash’s inception in 2007.

“We are honored to be chosen for this grant,” said Tod Van Eyken, Executive Director of Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club said. “The money we received will be put toward our year-end goal of graduating 350 new kids through our swim program.  Safety is paramount around water, we are just grateful our Club can be a part of the training for child and water safety” Van Eyken went on to say.

The Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club Richard M. Johnson Aquatics Center serves 1,200 children, teens and adults annually.  The program offers a competitive Swim Team program as well as swimming lessons, lifeguard training and pool safety programs.

“Grants like this make programs like ours possible”, said Amanda Terray, Aquatics Specialists for the Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club.  “With these funds we are looking to give Club and community kids free or reduced cost swim lessons.  Any child that cannot comfortably pass our swim test is enrolled in our grant funded swim lessons.”

The USA Swimming Foundation vetted over 200 applications through a competitive annual review process and chose 151 programs to receive funding, many 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 in all 50 states promote water safety education in their communities and provide scholarships and transportation for children to participate in their swim lesson programs.

For more information on the Make a Splash grants distributed, visit

To learn more about the Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club Aquatics Program visit


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