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 2017 we subsidized over 9400 swim lessons for over 2000 children. In addition we subsidized over 850 hours of other aquatic activities. Since our inception in 2012, our subsidies have made it possible for over 4800 swimmers to participate in over 24,500 swim lessons and over 6300 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 $120,000 from over 60 individuals and foundations in 2017, and will be applying for grants and hosting special events in 2018 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.