Louisville, KY, June 11, 2010 --(PR.com
)-- A project that would almost double the number of practice lanes available for competitive high school swimming has been accepted nationally as a grant finalist in the Pepsi “Refresh Everything” grant
program. For years, Louisville swimmers have struggled with access to swim lanes for competitive high school practice. Currently, only 28 lanes are available at six different venues in Louisville. With more than 600+ competitive swimmers from high schools in Jefferson County, this has made available practice time difficult for those students pursuing competitive swimming.
The $250,000 grant from Pepsi would be part of a larger fundraising campaign to revitalize the pools at Central High School and Watterson Elementary School. The pools have been closed in recent years due to the high maintenance and upkeep costs, carried by pool owner Jefferson County Public Schools, and major leaks. A business plan has been put together by a local aquatic training company, Aquatic Management Corp., that would allow the necessary improvements to be made to the pools and assume operation and maintenance. The total cost of the renovations to both pools would total approximately $650,000.
In order to attain the $250,000 from Pepsi, the Louisville Swimming “Refresh Everything” project must be one of the top two vote-getters in the Neighborhoods and Communities category. Anyone and everyone is encouraged to vote daily (through June 30) at www.refresheverything.com/swimming. More project details and photos are available at this link as well.
Louisville has a rich tradition of producing high school swimming stars, with several Olympic-level athletes coming from the Louisville area. Recent athletes have included Caroline Burckle (2008 Olympics) and Rachel Komisarz (2004 Olympics). One of the most well-known Olympic competitors from Louisville is Mary T. Meagher, who competed in the 1984 and 1988 Olympics winning gold and bronze medals.
About Aquatic Management Corp.
AMC is a Louisville-based company that specializes in aquatic training. Training includes learn-to-swim lessons, swim team management, and lifeguard classes. Annually, AMC trains over 300 individuals in the lifelong health habit of swimming to people ranging from ages 5 to 65.