People by the pool for the Pool Corp Check Presentation.

DALLAS, TEXAS (June 12, 2024) The YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas’ Safety Around Water (SAW) lessons will reach more children after receiving a gift of $94,625 from POOLCORP, the world's leading wholesale distributor of swimming pool equipment, parts and supplies, and related outdoor living products. Towels, goggles and sling bags were also donated to the SAW program.

This is the second year the Dallas YMCA has been part of POOLCORP's Swimpact program, an initiative designed to help every child discover the joy and skill of swimming through the Y. The donation comes ahead of the Y’s busiest season.

Our mission is to eliminate childhood drowning, but we can’t do it alone,” says Curt Hazelbaker, President and CEO of the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas. “It takes the expertise from our incredible Aquatics directors, swim instructors and partners like POOLCORP to make an impact. This gift will help us continue our work and provide opportunities for children and teens who need it most.

According to the CDC, drowning is the number one cause of death for children ages 1-4, with the Texas Department of Family Protective Services reporting 17 children have died due to accidental drowning this year alone. In the last year, the YMCA’s Safety Around Water program has taught 5,834 children life-saving skills including how to: submerge under water,  climb out of the pool independently, front swim, float on their back, front launch and  “Jump, Push, Turn, Grab,” which includes jumping into water, pushing off from the bottom, turning to face the wall, grabbing the wall and exiting the pool.

“Swim lessons empower children to learn, grow, and become more confident in the water,” said Jennifer Neil, POOLCORP Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer. “Since 2021, we’ve provided more than $4 million in funding to directly support families at the Y. We're thrilled to be a partner in a program that truly makes a difference.”


About the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas

The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas serves thousands of men, women and children each year, regardless of age, income or background. Anchored in 18 North Texas communities, the Dallas Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver lasting personal and social change. The Y ensures all people have equitable access to the essentials needed to become thriving members of the community. Daily, the Y bridges and fills individual and community needs as a catalyst for impactful change. The YMCA makes accessible the support and opportunities that empower people and communities to learn, grow and thrive, with three areas of focus: Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility. To learn more or get involved in improving our local communities, have opportunities to make an impact and support your neighbors, please visit us at www.ymcadallas.org.


POOLCORP is the world’s largest wholesale distributor of swimming pool and related backyard products. POOLCORP operates approximately 440 sales centers in North America, Europe and Australia through which it distributes more than 200,000 national brand and private label products to roughly 125,000 wholesale customers. For more information about POOLCORP, please visit www.poolcorp.com.