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Carolina Swims Foundation

Carolina Swims Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) health organization that provides FREE swim lessons and aqua-therapy to underserved children and children in foster care.


Vision: To prevent drowning by "Giving the Gift of Swim"  to all children.


Mission:  "Giving the Gift of Swim" provides aqua-therapy to underserved children and children in foster care in the form of a swim lesson, by giving the life-saving skill of swimming it helps children build mastery in their own lives (mentally & physically) through the medium of swimming.  


Giving the Gift of Swim to All Children

Drowning is preventable. There are 17,000 children in North Carolina that are in foster care and having to stay in the foster care 15% longer since 2011.   Drowning is the #1 cause of unintentional death in children 0-4 yrs and the #2 cause of unintentional death in children 5-14 yrs.  Drowning is the all time 5th leading cause of death for all ages. Drowning disproportionately affects males and individuals of minorities at a higher rate.  Per the Centers for Disease Control, "the disparity is widest among children 5-18 yrs old.  The disparity is most pronounced in swimming pools; African American children 5-19 yrs drown in swimming pools at rates 5.5 times higher than those to whites.  This disparity is greater among those 11-12 yrs where African Americans drown in swimming pools at rates 10 times those of whites." 


By giving children the opportunity to learn how to swim, children advance their sensory tools for cognition, physical and mental health development.  The children build physical strength, confidence in their ability to problem solve and knowledge of water safety.  Water is a calming stimulate for individuals with sensory needs.  Many children in the foster care system have survived early neglect and/or abuse, and as a result have sensory processing issues.  Aqua-therapy can help to heal and advance a child's sensory processing abilities, improve cognition, improve gross and fine motor skills empowering them with the survival life skill of swimming.  Giving children the survival life skill of swimming will safeguard their life.  Carolina Swims Foundation combats the rates of drowning by giving the gift of swim to underserved children and children in foster care. We are passionate about saving future lives and helping children through the medium of swimming to develop mastery in their own lives.  

Giving the Gift of Swim

Survival Life Skill - Drown Proofing the Next Generation

We are passionate about helping children.  Every child deserve the gift of swimming & water safety, it is a survival life skill. Swim lessons are expensive.  Carolina Swims Foundation wants to Give the Gift of Swim & Water Safety to children.  

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Please help to give the gift of swim to underserved children and children in foster care.  

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924 Pinehurst Drive
Chapel Hill, NC, 27517



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Sponsors & Partners in Giving the Gift of Swim to Children

These fine organizations make what we do possible. Please show your support to these amazing sponsors and thank them for their commitment to our organization. Interested in becoming a sponsor? Click here to learn more about our sponsorship opportunities.

Sponsored by Children's Home Society

Children's Home Society

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The Power of Family

Family is our safety net, our refuge, our light in the dark. We give more children the opportunity to experience the transformative effects of a loving home … and give families the resources they need to thrive.

Sponsored by The Michael Curran Foundation

The Michael Curran Foundation

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Our Mission

To Positively Impact The Lives of Children and Young Adults


“We are pleased to partner with Carolina Swims Foundation to save lives in the Triangle.  Providing life saving swim lessons is in alignment with our mission to positively impact the lives of children and young adults," stated Michael Curran, President.

Sponsored by National Drowning Prevention Alliance

National Drowning Prevention Alliance

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Tortora Family Fund

Sponsored by Best Love Family Foundation

Best Love Family Foundation

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This non profit organization provides supplies and funding to foster families and children

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Sponsored by Kingdom Word Ministries, Inc

Kingdom Word Ministries, Inc

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We are excited about this great privilege to partner with Carolina Swims foundation. We, Kingdom Word Ministries and SAY(Save Another Youth mentoring program) together with your organization have the youth at heart. It makes us happy to see love manifested in such a unique and great way to the youth. The smiles on their faces because of your organization will make the difference one child at a time. We are ecstatic that we have been afforded the opportunity to benefit from your services and look forward to magnifying the overall VISION to impact, empower and educate our youth together. 

Sponsored by Jack and Jill of America, Inc

Jack and Jill of America, Inc

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The Durham Chapter of Jack and Jill is excited to partner with Carolina Swims Foundation to provide free swim lessons and swim equipment for children in the foster care system in North Carolina. The Durham Chapter was selected as a 2020 recipient of the Red Cross NADPA Swim Sponsorship in the amount of $2000.  This grant is being used to provide greater water safety awareness, swim instruction, and swimming gear.  Each child will be provided a ‘survival pack’ which includes items such as bathing suits, goggles, towels, swim caps, swim toys, and water bottles.


Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated was founded in 1938, dedicated to nurturing the next generation of African-American leaders. The organization continues to encourage dedicating its resources to improving the quality of life for all African-American children. The Durham Chapter of Jack and Jill celebrated its 75th Anniversary in October, and continues to serve communities in Durham, Orange, Chatham and Granville Counties.  




Sponsored by Dr. Jeffrey Brown

Dr. Jeffrey Brown

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"In the absence of North Carolina swimming laws requiring lifeguard standards for all kids, Carolina Swims is setting new standards when it comes to guarding against the waste and terror of drowning.  Carolina Swims is reducing the risk of drowning by increasing the number of qualified guards around the water.  If you know a child—any child—then you have a reason for being invested in Carolina Swims," stated Dr. Jeffrey Brown.

Sponsored by Swim For Charlie

Swim For Charlie

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Non profit organization that provides free swim lessons with partnership of Orange County schools at the Orange County Sportsplex

Sponsored by Goldfish Swim School

Goldfish Swim School

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"Kids Swim Lessons - Using Fun to Boost Cognitive Growth


While swimming is a valuable life skill in and of itself, our lessons also work to boost your child’s cognitive growth in a fun, social and safe environment. Our premier swim schools keep class sizes small and use The Science of SwimPlay® to propel children’s potential so they can succeed both in and out of the water. We offer a wide variety of swim lesson plans, including infant and toddler swim lessons!"


Sponsored by The Triangle Aquatic Center

The Triangle Aquatic Center

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Our Mission

To build and operate public aquatic facilities for the health, safety, recreation and competition needs of Triangle citizens and aquatic organizations.

Sponsored by Michael & Laura Brader-Araje Foundation

Michael & Laura Brader-Araje Foundation

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The Michael & Laura Brader-Araje Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life for the people of North Carolina. In an ongoing effort to enrich lives and expand opportunities, the Foundation supports innovative programs in North Carolina dedicated to children, education, health care, women's rights, and the natural environment.

Empowerment, education, and entrepreneurship-these values are at the core of the Michael & Laura Brader-Araje Foundation.

Sponsored by Strowd Roses

Strowd Roses

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Strowd Roses, Inc. is a private charitable foundation established in 2001 under the will of Mrs. Irene Harrison Strowd of Chapel Hill, North Carolina. We fund local nonprofitsand projects that improve the quality of life for residents of Chapel Hill and Carrboro. We also provide for the on-going maintenance and care of the Gene Strowd Community Rose Garden, a free and public space in Chapel Hill.