The mission of the Benjamin Hair Just Swim for Life Foundation (BH-JSL) is to raise awareness of the need, and to provide the motivation, systems, and tools to waterproof our community so that all children have basic swimming skills and are safe around water.
A recent study has found that 40% of white children, nearly 70% of African-American children, and 58% of Hispanic/Latino children cannot swim and feel uncomfortable around water. BH-JSL works to remedy this statistic.
BH-JSL will fund certified Water Safety Instructors to conduct learn-to-swim programs to improve water safety in the Charlottesville/Albemarle area. At the present date, BH-JSL is funding the Make a Splash Local Partner City of Charlottesville Parks and Recreation. Other partners include the Piedmont Family YMCA, Louisa County Parks and Recreation, Gordonsville Pool, Camp Holiday Trails, Crozet PARC, ACAC, Fry's Spring Beach Club, and the Jefferson Swim League. The BH-JSL Foundation is a 501(c)(3) Public Charity with headquarters in Charlottesville, VA.
For a brief description of BH-JSL, click here: BH-JSL Brochure
Click here to hear a story from NPR News about BH-JSL
For a full list of BH-JSL projects and partners, click here: Ben Hair Just Swim for Life Annual Report
Click here for the Ben Hair AHS Scholarship Application 2015
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Gordon Hair, President of BH-JSL, Receives the USA Swimming Make a Splash Hero Award!
September 19-20, 2014, House of Delegates, Jacksonville, FL
Established in 2012, the USA Swimming Foundation’s Make a Splash Hero Award recognizes individuals who are saving lives through their commitment to water safety and teaching children to learn to swim. Gordon Hair is only the second American to ever win this award.
USA Swimming is the national governing body for competitive swimming in the United States. It is charged with selecting the United States Olympic Swimming team and any other teams which officially represent the United States, as well as the overall organization and operation of the sport within the country. The national headquarters is located at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Watch the video below to learn about the new YMCA to be built in Charlottesville: