HAMILTON, NJ – The NESPA Foundation for the Advancement of Education and Professionalism is pleased to announce that it recently awarded a $5,000 Grant to the Long Island Pool & Spa Association’s LIPSA’s KidSwim Long Island Program.
Founded by the Northeast Spa & Pool Association (NESPA) in 2009, the NESPA Foundation is a philanthropic organization dedicated to enhancing the professionalism of the pool and spa industry through promotion, education and research, safety, and charitable endeavors.
“The Foundation is excited to support this fantastic project focused on providing our children and their families with key water safety information,” said NESPA Foundation President, Clive Ensher. “KidSwim fits perfectly with our Foundation’s safety mission. This proven program uses both fun and facts to drive home critical information designed to keep young children safer around water.”
Entering its sixth year, KidSwim is a water safety program focused on educating kindergarten aged children on the rules of water safety. Since its start the program has reached over 10,000 children and their families.
“Long Island has over 118 miles of shoreline and it’s estimated that one in six Long Island homes has a swimming pool,” said Michael Truehart, President of LIPSA. “The chance that children in our community will be near water is very high. KidSwim gives them the tools they need to be safer not just in the summer but year-round.”
Recently, KidSwim Long Island has partnered with the Long Island Drowning Prevention Taskforce to expand the reach of both programs and bring the message of being safer around water to more members of the community.
“By speaking in a words that kids can understand and making the experience both fun and memorable, KidSwim Long Island has strong impact on each of the kids we meet and that impact grows as the students bring the message home to their parents,” said Kyle Chaikin, KidSwim Co-Chair and founder. “We are excited to expand KidSwim’s reach by partnering with the Long Island Drowning Prevention Task Force and all the great organizations with which they have partnered already. It’s also an honor to be asked to sit on their board. Bringing KidSwim and the Task Force together is an ideal partnership that allows us to get safety information to even more families in Long Island.”