October 2022

Grants Available for Learn-to-Swim Programs

Swim lesson providers can now apply for the 2023 USA Swimming Foundation Learn-to-Swim Grant. Applications will be accepted until Dec. 15, 2022.

U.S. Soccer Foundation Program Reaches More Girls

The U.S. Soccer Foundation recently announced that more than 121,000 girls from underserved communities have benefited from its soccer programs in the past three years, tripling the number of girls in its programs annually. In addition, the Foundation and its partners have engaged 5,475 coaches who identify as women or non-binary over the same time frame.

Equitable Access to Beaches and Coasts Is Lacking, Says Analysis

The coasts of the United States, from the beaches of the Pacific and Atlantic oceans to the shores of the Great Lakes, serve the American public in myriad ways, providing recreational, economic and environmental benefits. More than 400 million people visit coastal and estuary waters in the U.S. for recreation and tourism each year. Unfortunately, historical inequities have led to restrictive coastal access policies, and only 10% of coastal areas have strong legal protections to ensure equitable public access. So says a new analysis from the Hispanic Access Foundation and the Center for American Progress.

Parks, Waterfronts Recognized With ASLA Professional Awards

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has announced its 2022 Professional Awards. The 28 award-winners represent the highest level of achievement in the landscape architecture profession, and include several park and waterfront projects.

Swim Safety Data Shows Gains and Losses

Data collected by the American Red Cross and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2020 shows previous success and gains around water competency swim skills for young adults may have been disrupted due to complications stemming from the pandemic.