Make A Splash
Make a Splash was developed by Olympic swimmer Cullen Jones. Jones, who almost drowned as a small child, wanted to give school age children swimming lessons in inner city neighborhoods.
The Akron chapter of the organization, sponsored by USA Swimming, was begun by Andrew Appleby. Appleby holds four school swim team records at Cuyahoga Falls High School, is an Ohio state qualifier, and a YMCA national championship qualifier. Appleby, who discovered the Make a Splash initiative when he was 13, thought it would be a great way to share his love for swimming.
“Make a Splash is easily the most rewarding thing that I have ever done, because as soon as the kids hit the water you can watch them fall in love with it. Giving them a safe environment to do that in is amazing."
Lessons are taught by lifeguards and those from the Cuyahoga Falls High School swim team. They take place at the Kohl Family YMCA at University Park and at the Riverfront YMCA.