Goggles for Guppies, a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation, was founded in 2011 by southern California twin swimmers Chris and Matt Hales. We are a volunteer organization that distributes donated swim equipment to underprivileged children while providing community service opportunities for athletes as well as for intermediate and high school students who need to fulfill their community service requirements for graduation.
Since our beginning, we have distributed over 20,000 new swim suits, caps and goggles to encourage underprivileged, at-risk children to learn to swim. We solicit and accept donations of unsold inventory from sporting goods manufacturers, distributors and retailers for distribution to learn-to-swim programs internationally and throughout America that provide basic, life-saving swimming skills to disadvantaged kids. Today, we are also proud to be the exclusive distributor of donated swim equipment for the USA Swimming Foundation’s Make-A-Splash initiative.
“The Make-A-Splash initiative has experienced exponential growth since its inception in 2007 and has granted $2.5 million to provide free or reduced cost swimming lessons to children who might not otherwise have the chance. To date, more than 2 million kids have received the life-saving gift of swim lessons through the Make-A-Splash Local Partner network, comprised of more than 600 qualified lesson providers across the nation”. Click here for additional information about Make-A-Splash.
Check out their website for more information: http://www.gogglesforguppies.org/introduction.html