The HUB Recreation Center Receives 2022 Grant Funding From USA Swimming Foundation  

Grant supports continued efforts to offer free swim lessons

[MARION, ILLINOIS] – We are honored to be awarded the USA Swimming Foundation 2022 Learn to Swim grant again this year. This program allows us to extend our reach into the community to include children and youth who may otherwise not have access to swimming instructional programs.

The HUB delivered this grant in 2018 and 2019, providing this learn to swim opportunity to over 100 children and youth each year.

This year, we are excited to include new community partner, Boys and Girls Club of Marion, along with previous partners, Boyton Street Community Center and Autism Society of Southern Illinois, to provide lessons for up to 150 children and youth.

Foremost to this grant, water safety is taught, thereby potentially saving lives for many years to come. “Additionally, this program encourages children and youth to be more active, work toward goals and reach new levels of achievement,” added HUB General Manager Chris Georgantas.

We are excited to see the kids who swam with us in years past and meet new families who will be participating and we thank the USA Swimming Foundation for continuing to make this available in our community and nationwide.

The USA Swimming Foundation has awarded a total of $898,184 to programs across the country. The foundation vetted more than 250 applications through a competitive annual review process and chose 102 youth and 40 adult programs to receive funding.

“It’s an incredible feeling to know that USA Swimming Foundation funding will be used to create a valuable swimming experience for thousands of people who may not have had the opportunity to learn how to swim,” Scott Usher, Director of Development for the USA Swimming Foundation said. “We are thrilled with the depth of this year’s swim lesson provider applicant pool, and we couldn’t be prouder to support these life-saving opportunities across the country. We owe a tremendous thank you to our partners and donors who continue to make a difference in our mission of saving lives and building champions.”

Millions of children have received the lifesaving gift of swim lessons through the USA Swimming Foundation’s network of swim lesson providers, comprised of more than 1,500 qualified lesson providers across the nation. To learn more, visit

For a full list of 2022 USA Swimming Foundation grant recipients or to donate to the Foundation, please visit

For more information on The HUB Recreation Center, visit





Media Contact:

Hilary Holdinghausen

Marketing & Business Development Director or (618) 997-2HUB ext. 1502


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