The water was clear. The crowds were loud. The fun was palpable. And summer ended on a high note. Young athletes competing in swimming, water polo, diving and synchronized swimming cascaded upon the Santa Clarita Aquatics Center and the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center over the course of two weekends, with more than 1,500 youth from across Los Angeles taking part in the LA84 Foundation’s Summer Splash Festivals.
The LA84 Foundation remains committed to water safety, aiming to fund and assist underserved areas and communities with its programming. Part of the Summer Splash program is LA84’s Learn To Swim program, which offers swim lessons at a free or reduced cost across Los Angeles County and has taught over 150,000 Southern California youth to swim since its inception. Drowning claims the lives of approximately 3,500 people per year, with nearly 25 percent being children under the age of 14. The problem is particularly daunting in ethnically diverse communities, where the drowning rate is almost three times the national average.
Established in and run by the foundation since 1986, the Summer Splash program is available in over 100 Los Angeles City and County public pools, and in other municipalities including: Burbank, Carson, Glendale, La Mirada, Long Beach, Palmdale, Pasadena, Santa Clarita, Santa Monica, South Gate, and Ventura. More than 15,000 youth, ages 7 to 17, benefit from the Summer Splash Program each year.
“The LA84 Foundation is proud to provide #PlayForAll access and see these young athletes finish their summers strong in the water. These youth are not only learning and developing life skills through sport, but inspiring their peers and their communities to get active in the pool,” LA84 Foundation President & CEO Renata Simril said.
Summer Splash Festivals Photo Gallery