Beyond Barriers Athletic Foundation

Beyond Barriers Athletic Foundation provides the aquatic program for underprivileged children at the Belle Haven pool in East Menlo Park.  Many of the kids enrolled in this program have never been in a pool before.  Beyond Barriers not only teaches hundreds of underprivileged kids how to swim, it introduces dozens of those to the sport of water polo and the joy and discipline of swim team.

The goals of Beyond Barriers are water safety skills, promoting a healthy exercise activity, encouraging academic and personal success for at risk kids.  Additionally, Beyond Barriers teaches lifeguarding skills and subsidizes lifeguard training providing at risk teens a valued and well compensated job skill.

“Every day in the United States, a child drowns.  Children of color are three times more likely than white children to visit an emergency room or even lose their lives because of a swim accident.  The underlying problem:  70% of Black and 62% of Hispanic children cannot swim, often because their families lack funding or because they do not have access to instruction.”

Impact Category
  • Youth & Families
Mission Statement

We provide healthy lifestyles, improve personal safety, and provide structure for lifelong achievement by providing subsidies for aquatic programs serving disadvantaged youth.

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“Every day in the United States, a child drowns.  Children of color are three times more likely than white children to visit an emergency room or even lose their lives because of a swim accident.  The underlying problem:  70% of Black and 62% of Hispanic children cannot swim, often because their families lack funding or because they do not have access to instruction.”