Donation benefits Angels of America’s Fallen Swim Program


(ALEXANDRIA, VA) –The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) announced today a donation of $25,000 to The Step Into Swim™ Campaign, organized by the National Swimming Pool Foundation® (NSPF®), to create 1 million more swimmers through funds given directly to leading learn-to-swim organizations.


APSP has designated its contribution to support the Angels of America’s Fallen swim program that teaches children of those lost in the military or as first responders. Angels of America’s Fallen is a 501(c)(3) charity that was founded on the idea that, with an average age of seven years old at the time of loss, the children of our fallen have lost their parent at the most crucial developmental time in their life.


The Step into Swim grant will fund swim program participation for Angels of America’s Fallen children who have selected swimming as their preferred activity. The organization partners with local community swim programs with grants covering the cost of the program registration and the gear required, such as goggles and swim wear.

“We are proud to contribute to The Step Into Swim campaign as it reinforces APSP’s core value of promoting the safe and enjoyable use of our industry’s products,” said APSP President & CEO Rich Gottwald. “We look forward to partnering with NSPF to grow the number of swimmers throughout the world through this most important program, and especially touching the lives of children whose parents have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.”


Recent studies show that formal swim lessons can reduce the likelihood of childhood drowning death by 88%.  APSP shows great leadership for investing in swim programs. Because of their gift, more people will live healthier lives, fewer children will drown, and demand for pools and spas, and the products that support them, will increase” said Thomas Lachocki, Ph.D. the CEO of the National Swimming Pool Foundation.


For more information about The Step Into Swim Campaign or to donate visit www.StepintoSwim.org.



About APSP

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 or the Association’s consumer site, EscapetoWater.com.

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About the National Swimming Pool Foundation®

We believe everything we do helps people live healthier lives. Whether it’s encouraging more aquatic activity, making pools safer, or keeping pools open, we believe we can make a difference. NSPF® offers products and programs that are technically sound, convenient, and beautifully designed. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit located in Colorado Springs, CO., proceeds go to fund research and to help create swimmers. In 2012, we launched the Step Into Swim™ Campaign, a 10 year initiative to create one million more swimmers. In 2016, NSPF will escalate its mission to create healthier lives by joining forces with Genesis, an educational leader for builders of residential pools and spas. The National Swimming Pool Foundation has been keeping pools safe and open since 1965. Visit nspf.org or call 719-540-9119 to learn more.