Sunsational Swim School from San Diego Honored to Be Included in Prestigious Empact Showcase and Recognized at United Nations

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Founder Sarah Christenson among the United States’ “Largest Showcase of Best Companies Started by Young Entrepreneurs”.

Sunsational Swim School, today announced that it has been named to the 2013 Empact Showcase by Empact, an organization that focuses on creating cultures of entrepreneurship in communities around the world.

Now in its third year, the Empact Showcase recognized Sarah Christenson, Owner and Founder as being among the United States’ “Best Companies Started & Run by Young Entrepreneurs”.

"I am so excited and honored to be a part of this group of successful young entrepreneurs who have forged their own path and ditched the status quo to pursue their vision and dreams. It is the best feeling in the world once you see your vision become alive in ways that you never thought possible and to have others benefit from the company that you conceived!”

The Empact Showcase is a compilation of companies in the United States started by entrepreneurs who are age 35 and under, and whose annual revenues or operating budgets (for non-profits) are more than $100,000. In 2012, the companies comprising the Empact Showcase contributed more than 8,500 jobs to the economy, and controlled over $1.3 billion in revenue.

Founders in the Empact Showcase will be recognized for their achievements at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City in October.

The host of the 2013 Empact Showcase is the United Nations Foundation. American Airlines is the official airline and Entrepreneur Media is the official media partner.

“The annual Empact Showcase is both a testament to the impact that entrepreneurs are making on our economy, and an inspiration to aspiring entrepreneurs,” said Sarah Green, Co-Founder, Empact Showcase. “We are proud of all of the entrepreneurs on the 2013 Empact Showcase and pleased to support them by celebrating the spirit, dedication and hard work that has made them successful entrepreneurs.”

About the Empact Showcase

In early 2013, entrepreneurs meeting the minimum criteria from across the country were invited by Empact to apply for the Empact Showcase.

Applications were then reviewed by the 2013 Empact Academy who are among the United States’ leading entrepreneurs, and include:

Kay Koplovitz, Founder, USA Network & ScyFy Channel & Chairman, Springboard Enterprises
Tony Hsieh, CEO, Zappos
Gene Landrum, Founder, Chuck E. Cheese
Jeff Hoffman, Founding Team Member,
Jeff Sandefer, Founder, Action Foundation & Sandefer Offshore
Chip Paucek, Co-founder & CEO, 2U & Former CEO, Hooked on Phonics
Mike Delazzer, Founder, Redbox
Chuck Templeton, Founder, Open Table & Managing Director, Impact Engine

The Academy selected honorees in several categories including:

Empact100 – the top 100 companies in the Showcase
Best Founder's Story
Most Innovative
Most Disruptive
Largest Potential
Top Social Company
Top Female Founder
Top Tech Company
Top Advertising & Marketing Company

The honorees were selected based on company revenue, with additional factors such as number of employees, social impact, growth over the past year, and innovativeness coming into play.

For more information on the Empact Showcase, visit, or connect with Empact via Facebook at or Twitter at Please direct any questions to Empact Showcase co-founder, Sarah Green, at team(at)iempact(dot)com.

About Sunsational Swim School

Sunsational Swim School is a coast to coast provider of private swim instruction and lifeguarding services at client provided pools. We were founded in 2009 with a mission to make learning to swim more convenient, effective, safe and consistent - especially since drowning is the second leading cause of death in children under 15. Sunsational Certified Instructors and Lifeguards are highly qualified professionals who must pass our intensive screening and interview process, background check and adhere to our company guidelines. Through our exclusive “Learn to Swim Guarantee,” we strive to instill all students with the confidence and tactics to master life-saving water safety and swimming skills in a fast and effective manner. Our company currently has a network of over 1000 Sunsational Certified Swim Instructors and Lifeguards in 22 Metro Areas Nationwide and are continuously expanding our reach!

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About Empact
Formally known as Extreme Entrepreneurship Education, Empact aims to facilitate a culture of entrepreneurship in communities around the world by exposing young people to entrepreneurship, supporting early stage entrepreneurs and celebrating the vital role young entrepreneurs play in our economy. Empact has worked with over 500 colleges & universities, workforce development organizations, Chambers of Commerce, and Small Business Development Centers to help promote entrepreneurship among aspiring entrepreneurs.

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About United Nations Foundation
The United Nations Foundation builds public-private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and broadens support for the UnitedNations through advocacy and public outreach. Through innovative campaigns and initiatives, the Foundation connects people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. The Foundation was created in 1998 as a U.S. public charity by entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner and now is supported by global corporations, foundations, governments, and individuals.
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About American Airlines
American Airlines is committed to supporting innovation and social entrepreneurship. As part of our SME Strategic Development Initiatives, we are highly focused on empowering the next generation of high growth/high impact entrepreneurs, startups and incubators by providing strategic sponsorships and in-kind giving.
American Airlines continues to be at the forefront of innovation and leads the industry in developing technologies that improve the overall customer experience. We've created many products to help your trip go smoothly from curbside to boarding and everywhere in between. And we're paving the way to have the youngest and most fuel-efficient fleet in five years–delivering a state-of-the-art flight experience to our customers. From start to finish, enjoy comfort, convenience, and cutting-edge technology.

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About Entrepreneur Media
Young Entrepreneur is committed to chronicling the ups and downs of young entrepreneurs and startup founders, and serving as a resource for solid information and insights. Founded in 1999, has become one of the largest online forum communities for entrepreneurs worldwide.

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