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USA Swimming Foundation Awards $898,184 in 2022 Grant Funding for
Swim Lesson Providers

$200,000 of funding made possible through Step Into Swim donation, total grant award is largest in USA Swimming Foundation history

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USA Swimming Foundation Awards $898,184 in 2022 Grant Funding for Swim Lesson Providers

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The USA Swimming Foundation today announced that it has awarded $898,184 to learn to swim programs across the country through its 2022 grant program – the largest ever dollar amount awarded through its grant program for swim lesson providers. A gift of $200,000 from Step Into Swim, an initiative of the Pool & Hot Tub Foundation (PHTF) committed to safer swim education and drowning prevention, along with an additional $80,000 approved by the USA Swimming Foundation Board of Directors, helped bring youth learn to swim grant awards to the largest amount in USA Swimming foundation history.

The USA Swimming Foundation, the philanthropic arm of USA Swimming, vetted 184 youth grant applications through a competitive annual review process, selecting 102 programs across 29 states to receive $763,184 in funding as part of its 2022 grant program for swim lesson providers. These grants will support youth programs offering free or reduced-cost swim lessons, providing an estimated 19,870 children with the opportunity to learn how to swim.

A strong advocate of USA Swimming Foundation, Step Into Swim’s donation helps the Foundation continue to save lives and build champions. 

“Learning to swim from a qualified instructor drastically reduces the risk of childhood drowning by 88%. The more awareness we bring to the importance of swim instruction, the more lives we can save,” said three-time Olympic gold medalist and VP of Partnerships and Development for PHTA Rowdy Gaines. “Step Into Swim is proud to collaborate with an organization like the USA Swimming Foundation, whose efforts to support learn-to-swim programs is important, life-saving work.”

For the first time, the USA Swimming Foundation has also awarded grant funding to programs that focus on adult learn-to-swim efforts, granting $135,000 to 39 adult learn-to-swim programs across 22 states, providing an estimated 2,007 adults the opportunity to learn how to swim.  Earlier in 2021, U.S. Masters Swimming (USMS) moved its fundraising efforts for adult learn-to-swim programs from its Swimming Saves Lives Foundation to the USA Swimming Foundation, bringing all learn-to-swim fundraising efforts under the USA Swimming Foundation. U.S. Masters Swimming continues to own and administer adult learn-to-swim curriculum and certification for instructors, as well as provide resources to programs offering adult lessons throughout the United States. 

The following programs have been awarded 2022 USA Swimming Foundation grant funding: 

Youth Learn to Swim Programs

ProgramCityState
Andrson Swim School LLC CincinnatiOhio
Bangor Region YMCA    BangorMaine
Boys & Girls Club of Deep East Texas NacogdochesTexas
Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence    LawrenceMassachusetts
Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago, Inc.    ChicagoIllinois
City of Aiken AikenSouth Carolina
City of Anoka AnokaMinnesota
City of Bakersfield Recreation and Parks    BakersfieldCalifornia
City of Colusa    ColusaCalifornia
City of Englewood EnglewoodNew Jersey
City of Englewood, CO EnglewoodColorado
City of Folsom    FolsomCalifornia
City of Jersey City    Jersey CityNew Jersey
City of King King CityCalifornia
City of Marion MarionIllinois
City of Memphis MemphisTennessee
City of Myrtle Beach, SC Myrtle BeachSouth Carolina
City of Peoria    PeoriaArizona
City of Riverside RiversideCalifornia
City Swim Project BuffaloNew York
CLE Swimming, LLC    Olmsted FallsOhio
Clovis Unified School District ClovisCalifornia
College Hill Presbyterian Swim Ministry    CincinnatiOhio
Dad’s Club Aquatic Center /  Dad’s Club Swim Start    HoustonTexas
Evanston Swim School LLC EvanstonIllinois
Fort Worth Drowning Prevention Coalition    Fort WorthTexas
Grand Rapids Ray and Joan Kroc Salvation Army Kroc Corps Community Center    Grand RapidsMichigan
Greater Holyoke YMCA HolyokeMassachusetts
Greater Peoria Family YMCA    PeoriaIllinois
Greater Richmond Aquatics Partnership RichmondVirginia
Harris County Precinct One Street Olympics, Inc. HoustonTexas
Historic Cleveland Ave YMCA of Montgomery, AL (YMCA of Greater Montgomery)    MontgomeryAlabama
Inspirational Triathlon Racing International d/b/a i-tri    East HamptonNew York
Jewish Community Center–Indianapolis IndianapolisIndiana
Kenosha YMCA KenoshaWisconsin
Kraken Swim School    HubbardOhio
Leadership, Education and Athletics in Partnership, Inc    New HavenConnecticut
Madison Area YMCA    MadisonNew Jersey
Magnolia Independent School District  – Magnolia Aquatic Club    MagnoliaTexas
Merrimack Valley YMCA LawrenceMassachusetts
Metro Aquatics Boosters    TacomaWashington
Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges  LivingstonNew Jersey
Michigan City Piranha Swim    Michigan CityIndiana
Mundelein Swim School LLC MundeleinIllinois
Muskegon Heights Public School Academy Systems MuskegonMichigan
Muskegon YMCA    MuskeonMichigan
Nashville Dolphins NashvilleTennessee
NILE SWIM CLUB OF YEADON    YeadonPennsylvania
North Dallas Aquatics Inc. FriscoTexas
North Suburban Young Men’s Christian Association NorthbrookIllinois
Northbrook Swim School LLC NorthbrookIllinois
Port Charlotte Pirates Swim Club, Inc.    MurdockFlorida
Raritan Valley YMCA, A New Jersey Non-Profit Corporation    East BrunswickNew Jersey
Robbinsdale Community Education-District 281    PlymouthMinnesota
Rutherford Swim Association    RutherfordNew Jersey
Santa Fe Aquatics    Santa FeNew Mexico
Sensory Enhanced Aquatics    Kansas CityKansas
sharks swim club League CityTexas
Silver Bay YMCA    Silver BayNew York
South Sound Young Men’s Christian Association OlympiaWashington
Specialty Aquatic Programs LLC    TroyMichigan
St. Augustine Preparatory Academy/Walter Schroeder Aquatic Center    MilwaukeeWisconsin
Stamford Family YMCA    StamfordConnecticut
SwemKids International, Inc. AtlantaGeorgia
Swim Beyond LLC    AtlantaGeorgia
Swim Center at Westminster School    SimsburyConnecticut
Swim to the Top    TuscaloosaAlabama
SwimLabs Littleton    LittletonColorado
Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA, Inc.    TampaFlorida
TANKPROOF    PrairievilleLouisiana
The Gift of Swimming    Winter GardenFlorida
The Riverbrook Regional YMCA, Inc. WiltonConnecticut
The Salvation Army Rancho Palos VerdesCalifornia
The West Cook YMCA, Inc.   Oak ParkIllinois
Tillamook County Family YMCA    TillamookOregon
Trident Swim Foundation, Inc.    New YorkNew York
Tucson Jewish Community Center, Inc.    TucsonArizona
Upper Palmetto YMCA Rock HillSouth Carolina
Urban Swim Cleveland LLC Cleveland HeightsOhio
V3 Sports MinneapolisMinnesota
Valley of the Sun YMCA PhoenixArizona
Woodland Hills Aquatic Team    PittsburghPennsylvania
YMCA of Boulder Valley LafayetteColorado
YMCA of Eastern Union County ElizabethNew Jersey
YMCA of Greater Dayton – Downtown Branch    DaytonOhio
YMCA of Greater Louisville    LouisvilleKentucky
YMCA of Greater Michiana    NilesMichigan
YMCA of Greater Omaha OmahaNebraska
YMCA of Greater Seattle    SeattleWashington
YMCA of Kingston and Ulster County KingstonNew York
YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago    ChicagoIllinois
YMCA of New Orleans Metropolitan MetairieLouisiana
YMCA of Prattville, Alabama, Inc. PrattvilleAlabama
YMCA of Snohomish County    EverettWashington
YMCA of South Collier    Marco IslandFlorida
YMCA of Southwest Washington    LongviewWashington
YMCA of the Greater Houston Area HoustonTexas
YMCA of the North MinneapolisMinnesota
YMCA of the North Shore, Inc. BeverlyMassachusetts
YMCA, Boston AttleboroMassachusetts
YWCA Evanston/North Shore    EvanstonIllinois
YWCO of Athens, GA, Inc. AthensGeorgia

Adult Learn to Swim Programs

ProgramCityState
Bangor Region YMCABangorMaine
Central Adult Learn-to-Swim, Inc.Louisville  Kentucky
City of Englewood Recreation DepartmentEnglewood  New Jersey
City of Rockport – Community PoolRockport  Texas
Evolutionary Aquatics, LLCCharlotte  North Carolina
Find Your Fins, IncTucson  Arizona
Fort Worth Drowning Prevention CoalitionFort Worth  Texas
Friends of + POOL, Inc.New YorkNew York
Greenville SplashMauldinSouth Carolina
Groton RecreationGrotonNew York
Jewish Community Center of Greater BaltimoreOwings Mills  Maryland
Marin Aquatic MastersNovato  California
Miracle Swimming School for Adults, LLCSarasotaFlorida
Montgomery County RecreationWheatonMaryland
Moscow Chinook Masters- Adult Learn to SwimMoscow  Idaho
Mt. Pleasant AquaticsMt. Pleasant  Utah
Muskegon Young Men’s Christian AssociationMuskegon  Michigan
Muslimahs Endure, IncAtlanta  Georgia
Phoenix Swim ClubParadise ValleyArizona
Piedmont Family YMCACharlottesville  Virginia
Raritan Valley YMCAEast BrunswickNew Jersey
Rhythm and Stroke LLCCleveland  Ohio
Rockland County YMCANyackNew York
S3 Swim DBA Specialty Aquatic Programs LLCTroy  Michigan
Sensory Enhanced AquaticsKansas CityKansas
Sigma SwimmingFort WorthTexas
SilverPeak PerformanceSunland  California
Swim Fit AlaskaFairbanksAlaska
SwimBox Community FoundationSpringfield  Virginia
Swimming with Alaska MastersAnchorageAlaska
Team New York Aquatics, Inc.New YorkNew York
The Salvation Army Western Territorial HeadquartersRancho Palos VerdesCalifornia
Valley of the Sun YMCAPhoenix  Arizona
West Suburban YMCANewtonMassachusetts
YMCA of Greater CincinnatiCincinnati  Ohio
YMCA of Greater HoustonHouston  Texas
YMCA of Kingston and Ulster CountyKingstonNew York
YMCA of South Palm Beach County, Inc.Boca Raton  Florida
Young Women’s Christian Organization (YWCO)AthensGeorgia
Zionsville Aquatic Center/Zionsville Com SchoolsZionsvilleIndiana

The USA Swimming Foundation works to strengthen the sport of swimming by raising funds to support programs that save lives and build champions. To learn more about the USA Swimming Foundation, including how to find a learn-to-swim program in your area and grant opportunities, please visit www.usaswimming.org/foundation.

Since its inception, the Step Into Swim program has provided nearly 300,000 children with free swimming lessons. To learn more about this initiative, please visit www.stepintoswim.org.

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About USA Swimming

As the National Governing Body for the sport of swimming in the United States, USA Swimming is a 400,000-member service organization that promotes the culture of swimming by creating opportunities for swimmers and coaches of all backgrounds to participate and advance in the sport through clubs, events, and education. Our membership is comprised of swimmers from the age group level to the Olympic Team, as well as coaches and volunteers. USA Swimming is responsible for selecting and training teams for international competition, including the Olympic Games, and strives to serve the sport through its core objectives: build the base; promote the sport; achieve competitive success. For more information, visit www.usaswimming.org.

Contact: Jessica Delos Reyes (719-439-8707/ [email protected])  

About USA Swimming Foundation

The USA Swimming Foundation serves as the philanthropic arm of USA Swimming. Established in 2004, the Foundation works to strengthen the sport by saving lives and building champions. Whether we’re equipping our children and adults with the life-saving skill of learn-to-swim, or providing financial support to our heroes on the U.S. National Team, the USA Swimming Foundation aims to provide the wonderful experience of swimming to everyone, regardless of their ability to pay, across the country. Learn more at www.usaswimming.org/foundation.

Contact: Jessica Delos Reyes (719-439-8707/ [email protected]

About Pool & Hot Tub Alliance

The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA), a non-profit organization with nearly 3,500 members from around the world, was established in 1956 to support, promote, and protect the common interests of the $36.5B pool, hot tub, and spa industry. PHTA provides education, advocacy, standards development, research, and market growth to increase our members’ professionalism, knowledge, and profitability. Additionally, PHTA facilitates the expansion of swimming, water safety and related research and outreach activities aimed at introducing more people to swimming, making swimming environments safer and keeping pools open to serve communities. For more information, visit www.phta.org.

Contact: Janay Rickwalder (703-357-3918) / [email protected])

About Step Into Swim

Step Into SwimTM is an initiative of the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance and its foundation committed to safe swim education and drowning prevention. By investing in the next generation of swimmers through learn-to-swim programming, the Step Into Swim initiative instills confidence, empowers long-term participation in water activities, touts the positive benefits of water play, and advocates for safe practices. Since its inception in 2012, Step Into Swim has played a role in reducing drowning fatalities and has gifted swim lessons to more than 285,000 children with support from community organizations, partners, industry advocates, members and more. For more information, visit www.stepintoswim.org.

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ePropelled Unveils Energy-Efficient Electric Pump Motors

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ePropelled Unveils Energy-Efficient Electric Pump Motors

LOWELL, Mass. | December 6, 2022 – ePropelled, a provider of leading-edge electric propulsion systems and power generation solutions, today announced a new line of energy-efficient electric pump motors designed to be used with pools, spas, and industrial applications. The motors provide optimized energy efficiency, reduced noise, and are compact and lightweight. These innovations allow manufacturers to save energy and money, while delivering better overall value to customers.

Forrester data shows that 68% of consumers plan to increase efforts to identify brands that reduce environmental impact. At the same time, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states that more than half of the electricity used in manufacturing powers various motors. ePropelled’s environmentally-friendly motors give industry and manufacturing leaders an opportunity to reduce harmful greenhouse emissions by replacing their motors and systems with improved designs.

Available immediately, ePropelled’s new line of six motors include:

  • SM1650 series for pool – A 1.65hp variable speed motor that is approximately 90% efficient with a programable interface.
  • SM1650 series for spa – A 1.65hp variable speed motor that is approximately 90% efficient.
  • SM3000 series for pool – A 3hp variable speed motor that is approximately 90% efficient with a programable interface.
  • SM3000 series for spa – A 3hp variable speed motor that is approximately 90% efficient.
  • SM1650 series for industrial applications – A 1.65hp variable speed motor designed for industrial environments such as large-volume fluid management, pressurizing water/fluid, chemical processing, water movement and more.  
  • SM3000 series for industrial applications – A 3.0hp variable speed motor designed for industrial environments such as large-volume fluid management, pressurizing water/fluid, chemical processing, water movement and more.

All the Sustainability Motors are compact and lightweight for easier installation, and their quiet performance makes them more comfortable for consumers. Noise pollution is a problem with pump motors in general, whether for residential pools or other commercial uses. In addition, the new motors’ variable speed capabilities optimize pump motor efficiency, reduce energy costs, and allow manufacturers to easily add new features and functions.

“Our new energy-efficient electric pump motors have less impact on the environment and are powerful enough not only for pools and spas, but many other applications within industrial markets,” said Nick Grewal, CEO, president and founder of ePropelled. “Variable speed pump motors are more efficient, which creates more sustainable products, systems and operations and can reduce costs. This is a win-win for manufacturers and consumers alike.”

ePropelled is focused on designing and producing energy-efficient motors and related technology for a variety of sectors, with a particular focus on the industrial pump motor market. Target markets include HVAC, pool, spa, water and wastewater, and other large industrial applications. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), electric motors and systems account for about 40% of electricity consumption globally.

About ePropelled

ePropelled designs state of the art motors, generators, and power management systems. Our technology helps reduce energy consumption and improve system efficiency at a lower cost in the aerospace, manned and unmanned aerial vehicles, electric vehicles, and pump motor markets. We are a leader in magnetics engineering, and our patented technology innovations are used in the air, land, and water, defining the future of electric propulsion.  

ePropelled has offices in the United States, Europe, and India and collaborates with manufacturers of all types and sizes around the world. For more information, please visit epropelled.com.

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POOL & HOT TUB ALLIANCE ANNOUNCES RECIPIENTS OF 2022 CHAIRMAN’S AWARDS

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Pool & Hot Tub Alliance Announces Recipients of 2022 Chairman's Award

(Alexandria, Va.) – The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) is proud to announce the winners of the 2022 PHTA Chairman’s Award. This is a new award developed by PHTA Chairman Charlie Claffey and the PHTA Board of Directors. The winners were honored during the Keynote Presentation at the International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo, co-located with Deck Expo (PSP/Deck Expo) on November 15 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Chairman’s Award is given to individuals who are leading the way and making amazing contributions to the pool, spa, and hot tub industry as a whole. The award also recognizes the companies who employ the winners, for supporting them in their leadership roles.

The awards were presented jointly by Claffey and PHTA Board Chair-Elect Joseph Laurino, Ph.D.

This year’s Chairman’s Award winners are:

L-R Olaf Mjelde, Joe Laurino, Charlie Claffey, Steve Barnes
Charlie Claffey, Scott Amsbaugh, Jim Egan, Joe Laurino
Charlie Claffey, Tony Gonzales, Ken Gregory, Joe Laurino
Charlie Claffey, Andrea Chaney, Wade Beebe, Jody O’Grady, Joe Laurino
  • Steve Barnes, former Co-Chair of the PHTA Technical Committee and current Chair of the PHTA Standards Policy Committee, and employer Olaf Mjelde, Owner of AquaStar Pool Products.
  • Jim Egan, Chair of the PHTA Editorial Review Committee and Member of the PHTA Recreational Water & Air Quality Committee (RWAQC), and employer Scott Amsbaugh, President and CEO of LaMotte.
  • Ken Gregory, former Co-Chair of the PHTA Technical Committee, and employer Tony Gonzales, Engineer Services Manager at Pentair.
  • Jody O’Grady, Chair of the RWAQC, and employers Andrea Chaney, Brand Development Manager, and Wade Beebe, Vice President and General Manager of Taylor Water Technologies LLC.

“PHTA’s mission is to educate, advocate, and elevate. The four inaugural recipients of the Chairman’s Award truly embody that mission through their active participation in the industry standards development process,” says Claffey, President of Claffey Pools. “Their dedication, commitment, and countless hours put into volunteering and making a positive impact deserve recognition and commendation from the industry as a whole. Congratulations to Steve, Jim, Ken, and Jody!”

For more information, please contact Amy Willer, PHTA’s Associate Director of Marketing and Communications, at [email protected] or 703-838-0083, ext. 121.

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About the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance
The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA), a non-profit organization with over 3,600 members from around the world, was established in 1956 to support, promote, and protect the common interests of the $36.5B pool, hot tub, and spa industry. PHTA provides education, advocacy, standards development, research, and market growth to increase our members’ professionalism, knowledge, and profitability. Additionally, PHTA facilitates the expansion of swimming, water safety, and related research and outreach activities aimed at introducing more people to swimming, making swimming environments safer, and keeping pools open to serve communities. For more information, visit www.phta.org.

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PHTA AWARDS INAUGURAL $5,000 GREG GARRETT SCHOLARSHIP

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(L to R: Andy Levinson, Immediate Past Chair of PHTA Board of Directors; Kelli Clancy, Legacy Pool & Spa; Charlie Claffey, Chair of PHTA Board of Directors.)

Kelli Clancy to pursue continuing education in pool building and design

(Alexandria, VA) — The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) has awarded the 2022 Greg Garrett Scholarship Award to Kelli Clancy, Owner of Legacy Pool & Spa. The winner was announced during the PHTA Awards of Excellence Reception at the International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo, co-located with Deck Expo (PSP/Deck Expo) on November 14, 2022, in Las Vegas, NV.

Given in the memory of Greg Garrett, who dedicated 45 years to the pool and hot tub industry and served in many leadership roles, this $5,000 scholarship is given to a PHTA member in the builder or service sector for PHTA educational or certification fees to increase professionalism and provide an opportunity for continuing education. The Greg Garrett Scholarship Award was newly developed this year by the PHTA Recreational Water & Air Quality Committee (RWAQC).

Clancy’s application stood out to the judges because of her commitment to the industry. She has volunteered much of her time to help others move their way up and expand their knowledge. In 2020, Clancy co-founded Pool Girl Pro Industry Trainings, which hosts educational training and networking opportunities for women in the pool and hot tub industry. Clancy has always been focused on continuing education and professional certifications and earned both her Certified Pool & Spa Operator (CPO) and Certified Pool & Spa Inspector (CPI) certifications through PHTA.

With the Greg Garrett Scholarship, Clancy is excited to move into the building and design sector by taking GENESIS® courses and earning additional certifications through the Certified Pool Builder & Design Professional Pathway.

“I look at education in this industry as ongoing, and I also believe in taking advantage of opportunities and living a life free of ‘what ifs.’ When I saw that PHTA had opened its application process for the Greg Garrett Scholarship Award, it was a no-brainer,” says Clancy. “My personal and professional convictions were standing on my shoulders, shouting, ‘Go for it!’ into my ears. I am so glad that I did.”

For more information about the Greg Garrett Scholarship Award, please visit https://phta.org/garrett-award or contact Amy Willer, PHTA’s Associate Director of Marketing and Communications, at [email protected] or 703-838-0083, ext. 121.

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About the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance
The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA), a non-profit organization with over 3,600 members from around the world, was established in 1956 to support, promote, and protect the common interests of the $36.5B pool, hot tub, and spa industry. PHTA provides education, advocacy, standards development, research, and market growth to increase our members’ professionalism, knowledge, and profitability. Additionally, PHTA facilitates the expansion of swimming, water safety, and related research and outreach activities aimed at introducing more people to swimming, making swimming environments safer, and keeping pools open to serve communities. For more information, visit www.phta.org.

About PHTA’s Recreational Water & Air Quality Committee (RWAQC)
PHTA’s RWAQC develops and maintains verifiable science-based information regarding sanitization technology and chemical products for use in pools, spas, and hot tubs. The committee also helps develop the chemical and sanitation sections for American National Standards Institute (ANSI) PHTA standards, including the ANSI/APSP/ICC-11 Standard for Water Quality in Public Pools and Spas. For a current listing of Committee members or more information, email Genevieve Lynn in the PHTA Standards Department at [email protected].

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