Hayward’s investment helps Step Into Swim advance its mission of promoting safe swimming for children in underprivileged communities by providing swimming lessons and access to pools.
Through the partnership with Step Into Swim, Hayward commits a financial donation as well as employee involvement throughout the year in the organization’s community events and initiatives. This commitment strengthens Hayward’s community involvement and builds on the company’s own research and development advancements in pool safety as well as advancements in energy efficiency, water conservation, automation and natural sanitizer options for safe, healthy water.
“Our contribution demonstrates our ongoing commitment to the industry at large as we work to advocate for pool safety, healthy lifestyles, and anti-drowning initiatives,” said Kevin Holleran, CEO of Hayward.
According to the 2021 annual drowning and submersion report released by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) drowning remains the number one cause of accidental death for children between the ages of one and four. Through Step Into Swim and the early introduction it brings to pools and pool safety, the organization aims to decrease drowning and ultimately create a healthier society due to the mental and physical health benefits of swimming.
“I cannot begin to thank our friends at Hayward enough for their generous donation to our Step Into Swim initiative,” said Rowdy Gaines, three-time Olympic Gold Medalist and VP of Partnerships and Development for the PHTA. “Our goal is to give every child the opportunity to learn how to swim and enjoy the lifetime of benefits that the water can bring. This money will definitely save lives and create more swimmers and I am so excited about the future with our amazing partner. Thank you Hayward from the bottom of my heart.”