Palm Desert, CA (PRWEB) May 06, 2013
The Coachella Valley is best known for its annual music festival. But if Steve Little, CEO of Hire Standards – America’s Pool Service, gets his way, it will be the birthplace of his dream of to teach every child and adult across the world how to swim.
In recognition of National Water Safety Month, Steve Little, The Family YMCA of the Desert and the city of Palm Desert, Ca., have rallied the support of six Olympic swimming champions to help teach swim lessons on May 18 to nearly 5,000 kids and adults. The special event, featuring Olympic medalists Janet Evans, Rowdy Gaines, Eric Shanteau, Chloe Sutton, Brian Goodell, and Aaron Peirsol, is called Swim to Win.
The Olympians will be on hand for the entire day to sign autographs and display their medals. In addition, once the kids and family members attend the water safety program and complete the free swimming instruction, they will receive a wrist band so that they can enjoy the remainder of the day playing in the pools, including use of the giant water slides and diving boards, at no charge.
But there's a difference between Swim to Win and other swim lessons, says Little. "We want to give these kids swim scholarships so they can continue to swim throughout the year. It's more than a one day event," he explains, "it's a model for swim instruction that can be replicated throughout the country."
Little, a member of The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals, believes other industry professionals can work with their local YMCA to develop Swim to Win programs in the coming year. "I'm developing the Swim to Win program so that it can be easily implemented by others who are inspired to make a difference in their community in such a fundamental way," Little said. "It's my core belief that we can change the world through helping children and adults learn to swim."
Little has invested his own money into Swim To Win, in addition to receiving corporate sponsorship. He reports that the event has almost reached its fundraising goal, but individuals interested in contributing can visit ymcaofthedesert.org.
To sign up and/or for more information regarding the Swim to Win YMCA Swim Safety Day with Olympians, please contact the Palm Desert Aquatic Center at 760.565.7467. For general information about the Family YMCA Aquatic Program or other youth and adult programs, please contact Rob Ballew, CEO, at 760.341.9622 or email Little.
The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) is the world’s oldest and largest association representing swimming pool, hot tub, and spa manufacturers, distributors, manufacturers’ agents, designers, builders, installers, suppliers, retailers, and service professionals. Dedicated to the growth and development of its members’ businesses and to promoting the enjoyment and safety of pools and spas, APSP offers a range of services, from professional development to advancing key legislation and regulation at the federal and local levels, to consumer outreach and public safety. APSP is the only industry organization recognized by the American National Standards Institute to develop and promote national standards for pools, hot tubs, and spas. For more information, visit APSP.org.