COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., April 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Angels of America's Fallen (AOAFallen), a non-profit organization that helps children of our fallen military and first responders, has received a $10,000 grant from the National Swimming Pool Foundation® (NSPF®) Step Into Swim Campaign™. AOAFallen's mission is to help these children develop into strong and successful adults by providing them positive mentoring and engaging them in healthy activities when they are at their most crucial developmental phase of life. The Step into Swim grant will allow AOAFallen to fund swim program participation for children who have selected this as their favored activity.
Angels of America's Fallen partners with local community swim programs. Watch the video. The Step Into Swim grant will enroll at least 22 children in swim lessons in 12 communities around the U.S., allowing Angels of America's Fallen to support children currently on their waiting list who have said they want to learn to swim this year. The grant will cover the cost of the program registration and the gear required, such as goggles and swim wear. This model dovetails elegantly with the recent announcement of the Axiall/Accu-Tab and NSPF partnership that funded $10,000, matching gifts from 41 Accu-Tab specialists who pledged to fund swim activities in their home communities.
"We empower the child to find their particular stress relief and passion. In this case, it is swimming and enjoying water activities. We are excited and grateful for the support from NSPF and Step Into Swim Campaign; their model of funding and our community involvement are a perfect match," said Lt. Col. Joe Lewis, USAF retired, President and CEO of Angels of America's Fallen. In supporting these children, AOAFallen honors their parent, recognizes the child's ongoing sacrifice, and stands with them during the crucial time between the loss of their parent and adulthood.
"The program measures outcomes to assure the activity increases their confidence, happiness and outgoingness," explained Lt. Col. Lewis, who will present at the October World Aquatic Health™ Conference about how their innovative program provides military families with a better quality of life for healthier lives.
"Step into Swim would love for all children of fallen heroes to have their swim programs covered; we are seeking more industry leaders to step up beside us to support families who made the ultimate stand for us," said Thomas M. Lachocki, Ph.D., and CEO of non-profit National Swimming Pool Foundation.
NSPF Board of Directors will visit Donna's Dolphins in Colorado Springs, Colo. later this April, to watch local Angels of America's Fallen children as they enjoy their swim program. Organizations considering partnering with Step Into Swim to deliver more swim lessons are invited to contact NSPF.
Angels of America's Fallen is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization built on the idea that, with an average age of seven years old at the time of loss, there should be specific support for these children with guidance and healthy outlets during adolescence. AOAFallen is the first program that has focused on long-term development of the children from very young ages up through adulthood. aoafallen.com
The Step Into Swim Campaign is a 10-year initiative launched by National Swimming Pool Foundation to create one million more swimmers. The White Paper clarifies the logic that creating more swimmers creates a healthier society. stepintoswim.org
SOURCE National Swimming Pool Foundation