25 June 2015


A heartfelt “thank you” to the Ironman Foundation for its recent gift to The Salvation Army Kroc Center in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. The grant – $50,000 distributed over five years – provides vital funds for the Center’s Third Grade Swim program.

With the funding from Ironman, the Third Grade Swim program is accessible to those who most need it. The cost of the program will be discounted to only $5 per student, (reduced from the actual cost average of $22 per student) – allowing the participation of children who had previously been unable to afford the program. Enrollment for 2015 is up to 1,096 students, an increase of nearly 10% over last year’s enrollment.


Christy Markham, development director at the Kroc in Coeur d’Alene, explained the importance of the funding and the program. “These funds will save lives. Idaho has the second highest childhood drowning rate in the nation, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Research has shown that if a child does not learn to swim by the third grade, they will most likely never learn this life-saving skill. By reaching out to third graders—one year after the other—our program can help reduce the number of drownings in our area.”

To learn more about the Third Grade Swim program at the Kroc, click HERE.

Here's a short video about the Third Grade Swim Program at the Coeur d'Alene Kroc Center - enjoy!

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