UPDATE: Over 1,500 swim lesson scholarships granted for at-risk and underprivileged children from the Upstate communities. The funds raised in the Upstate Splash Open Water Swim held at Lake Jocassee has currently funded over 1,500 children to attend the learn to swim program offered at the Greenville Westside Aquatic Complex and the Anderson YMCA.
"Thanks to the help of our partnered swim facility, Westside Aquatic Complex, and their dedication to reach out to the Upstate's communities, the initial swim lesson test program in December of 2015 granted 19 children swim scholarships" said Carolyn Moore Upstate Splash Board Member. "In February and March of 2016 we have really seen our charity's vision come true by completing the second round of our prevention of childhood drowning outreach swim lesson program that consisted of three consecutive weekend dates. Week one consisted of 58 swim scholarships granted, with week two and three the swim lesson scholarships maxing out at the 65 student capacity".
"We are so excited to have received the donation from the Upstate Splash and have the opportunity to offer these Learn To Swim scholarships to our communities at-risk and underprivileged youth" said Jenny Faulconer Westside Programs Director. "With all the success of the first two rounds of Learn To Swim scholarships offered, we are really looking forward to our next program being offered during the summer months with a goal to offer another 150 scholarships".
"We want to thank the Greenville Westside Aquatic Complex and the Anderson YMCA in partnering with the Upstate Splash knowing that any charity's vision and goals can not be achieved without a lot of hard work and commitment" said Steven Scott Executive Director. "Helping the at-risk and underprivileged youth in our communities to learn how to swim and become stronger self sufficient individuals has been well worth the effort of our supporting swimmers, volunteers and sponsors".
It took a team effort bringing the Upstate Splash vision to come full circle. All was accomplished with the help of the Westide Aquatic Complex and a fantastic team of swim coaches & volunteers.
Back Row Left to Right:
Jenny Faulconer (Programs Director), Joe Kwasniak, Grant Shugart, Will Shugart, Lauren Davis, Alex Hadaway, Brianna Hudson, Alyssa Fowler, Savanna Faulconer, Jackson Kabas, Sydney Baker, Maddie Baker
Front Row Left to Right:
Zaharia Anderson, Jordan Henderson, Molly Laycock, Stephanie Garcia, Alexa Kabas, Sean Van Velsor, Rak Hovart, Alaina Riordan
(middle) Steven Scott - Upstate Splash Executive Director