We would greatly appreciate your financial support.

Beyond Barriers Athletic Foundation (BBAF)is a tax-exempt public benefit charity that has been formed to promote healthy lifestyles, improves personal safety, and provides structure for lifelong achievement by providing subsidies for aquatic programs serving disadvantaged youth.

Although other swim safety programs exist, BBAF is the first to take a holistic, integrated approach that leverages existing providers and facilities. In 2016 we subsidized over 7000 swim lessons for over 1300 students. In addition we subsidized over 2000 hours of other aquatic activites. Since our inception in 2012, our subsidies have made it possible for over 2600 swimmers to participate in 17,500 swim lessons and 7000 hours of other aquatic activities.

We seek additional funding to:

  • Extend our geographic reach beyond our existing providers in San Mateo County and Santa Clara County communities, noting that there are over 100,000 families living in poverty in San Mateo County.
  • Continue to introduce well-known role models to inspire and motivate the children.
  • Create and distribute educational materials that will complement the pool-based programming.
  • Develop partnerships with complementary local organizations such as Boys & Girls Clubs and academic enrichment nonprofits.

We have raised over $95,000 from over 75 individuals and foundations in 2015, and will be applying for grants and hosting special events in 2016 to bring in additional funding. The BBAF board has committed hundreds of volunteer hours toward the effort to ensure that all children have the chance to safely engage in aquatics activities. We invite you to share that vision with us by making a financial contribution.