Los Angeles, CA (PressExposure) September 16, 2013 -- One with the Water®, a non-profit swim school dedicated to provide life-changing swimming lessons to kids and adults - many of them with disabilities - was honored when the Los Angeles Triathlon Club chose to double their grant to provide swim classes for 74 special-needs students and at-risk youth.
This generous grant was provided by the Coast2Coast Swim Challenge (C2C) the signature charity event of the Los Angeles Triathlon Club. Due to the overwhelming success of this year's Coast2Coast Swim Challenge, the LA TRI Club doubled their generous grant to One with the Water from 37 to a total of 74 complete small-group swim lessons, taking each child from no water experience to basic water safety and swimming ability all in about four hours, or eight sessions at the Culver City Municipal Plunge.
"The 1,800+ member LA TRI Club has made an impact on kids all over the southland," says LA TRI Club board member Larry Turkheimer. "Now, once again, we have stepped forward to help an organization have the ability to give kids the opportunity to swim, exercise, and most importantly, feel accomplished."
LA TRI Club board member Larry Turkheimer was inspired to donate One with the Water® when he learned about the impact of budget cuts on special needs students: "I was approached by swim coach Kenneth Rippetoe of One with the Water® where he told me that a local high school had a program that taught children and adults with physical and mental disabilities how to swim, but based on budget cutbacks, the swim classes were being eliminated."
Head coach Kenneth Rippetoe of One with the Water® adds, "Receiving these generous grants has been essential for us to continue our mission to provide swimming lessons in Los Angeles for kids of low income families." "We are very fortunate for the support of the Coast2Coast Swim Challenge and the LA Tri Club and appreciate the impact that they are having on needy kids all over Los Angeles."
One with the Water® aims to fill that need, with specially-trained instructors and a nimble, low-overhead, non-profit model of operation. Since its founding, One with the Water® has given out over $20,000 in scholarships to needy students and changed the lives of 600 swimmers in total.
Tax-deductible donations to the "Pay-It-Forward" scholarship program of One with the Water, a 501(c)(3), can be made at the organization's website: OneWithTheWater.org/donate.aspx.