The Black Lives Matter movement and the COVID-19 pandemic laid bare the glaring inequities in our society. At Fry’s Spring we are committed to making our pools and green spaces accessible and welcoming to families with children who might not otherwise have access to a pool.
FSBC extends full membership scholarships to up to 10% of its families each year. Scholarship families receive full access to the club and may opt to participate in swim lessons and/or swim team as well. Older children may seek employment at the club, a popular avenue for many teens at FSBC.
Many children in the area from families with low-income have not had access to pools or swim lessons and feel uncomfortable around the water. FSBC can provide swim lessons for new swimmers in these families or connect them with the Ben Hair Just Swim for Life program, a local non-profit operating out of FSBC. The program’s goal is to “waterproof” participants so that they are first safe around water. Upon learning how to swim, many children are eager to continue swimming and go on to join the FSBC Swim Team.
FSBC is seeking to expand its scholarship program through work with community partners and local schools. We encourage under-represented families to apply directly and members to nominate families for scholarships as well.
Our hope is that these children and their families grow up and thrive at the club and become a part of the community here. Many of our members with scholarships have begun swim lessons here, not knowing how to swim, and have moved on to getting their first jobs and even at FSBC. Many of our member kids learn to swim here, develop a love for the sport, and eventually become swim coaches, helping a new generation of kids learn to love the water.
We are now accepting applications for 2024 membership scholarships.
If you would like to support FSBC’s scholarship program, you may do so through Fry’s Spring Next Century, a nonprofit formed to raise funds and support FSBC scholarships.
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