Across the nation some deep pockets, and celebrities,
are helping fund beleaguered aquatics programs. First
Niagara Financial Group, based in Buffalo N.Y., is donating
$650,000 toward keeping pools open and financing swim
lessons in Philadelphia this summer. Earlier this year, In
Grand Rapids, Mich., wealthy hotelier and retailer Bob
Sullivan pledged to completely bankroll the Richmond Park
Pool where he swam as a child.
Additionally, recording artist and native Hawaiian Jack
Johnson is helping underwrite the cost of a Junior
Lifeguard Program on the island of Oahu.