Now that I’ve paid my taxes and I know how much of my money from last year I actually get to keep I’ve started to look for good things to do with it. I decided to make a donation today to the USA Swimming Foundation. The foundation supports swimming and provides learn to swim programs which I think are a pretty worthy cause.

As a kid I was scared to death of the water, but I was lucky enough to get to go to swim lessons every summer growing up. One day when I was around 11 swimming kind of just clicked for me and I’ve loved being in the water ever since. After I had my aquatic epiphany I joined a swim team, I learned to scuba dive, I learned to body surf, I taught swim lessons to kids and adults, and now that I’m older I’ve found my way into Masters Swimming. Swimming has really enriched my life and there are a lot of kids out there that will never get a chance to learn how to swim without some outside help. I want to help give others a shot at learning how to be safe in the water and maybe find the same joy I do in swimming.

If you want to make a donation to the USA Swimming Foundation you can do so here. If you need a little motivation, right now USA Swimming is giving away some fancy towels to people that donate $100 or more to the cause.

Get a Beautiful Foundation Towel from Mel Stewart on Vimeo.

I’m not typically one to push a cause, but I think this is a good one and I thought I would let you guys know it exists.

2 Responses to “Think About Donating to the USA Swimming Foundation”

  1. Gab says:

    I think this is a great initiative you had.
    Swimming has been a great part of my life also. It has shaped my body and my mind into a better adult.
    I really hope more kids and adults could have the same possibility I had as a kid, not only to learn how to swim but to stay out of troubles.
    Competing has a teenager gave me self confidence and made me understand that with passion and perseverance you can get where you want to be.
    Well done.

  2. Rob D says:


    Thanks! I think there’s a lot of people out there that feel the same way we do about swimming. Not only is it an important life skill it’s a great sport that you can stay active in your entire life.