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Swimming Safari wins ‘splash grant’

usas_logoSwimming Safari Swim School ( has been selected as one of nine learn-to-swim providers in Florida to receive up to $5,000 in grant monies from the USA Swimming Foundation, thanks to a donation from Bealls Department Stores.

Swimming Safari is recognized as “make a Splash Local Partner,” one of more than 210 providers across the nation who has committed to the USA Swimming Foundation’s goal of helping all children in American learn to swim.

To date in 2010, the swim school has taught 200 children to swim. “Our Make a Splash Local partners make a difference by taking tangible action to advance the Make a Splash mission,” said Chris LaBianco, chief development officer for the USA Swimming Foundation. “Local partners help us expand our reach across the country and potentially save lives.”

The grant will allow the local company to provide swim lessons to children who are part of the city Community Connection summer camp program, which is offered to at-risk children, according to Joani Maskell, director at Swimming Safari.

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