Aquatic Capital of America Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was formed in 2008 by long-time resident and sailing enthusiast Tom Shadden and several influential friends as a destination for visitors interested in the many aquatic activities offered in the City of Long Beach, California. Their research confirmed a long-held belief by many residents that Long Beach has more produced more athletes, coaches and officials who have become Olympians, World and National Champions, and World and National Record breakers, than any other city in the U.S.A.
The founders seek to promote the myriad of aquatic activities offered in Long Beach, and to recognize, honor and support the huge legacy of its aquatic athletes, coaches, officials and organizations.
As the organization has grown, it is also working to promote water safety and education. The Foundation also supports community and regional efforts to cleanse local waterways as well as to increase the number of local aquatic facilities.
- Many thanks to Scott Parker, Parker Advisors, for contributing the new underwater thermometer in Alamitos Bay. The thermometer automatically updates to our website every 2 hours using radio signals to communicate the water temperature to our Home Page. Check it out whenever you want to swim in the bay! Check the Long Beach Health Department web site for advisories on the water quality, particularly after rainstorms.
- Our “Waterproof Our Youth” program kicks off on Monday, February 1. Aquatic Capital is paying for 8-week swim lesson sessions at the Fairfield YMCA for 25 youngsters from low income and minority areas in north Long Beach. So we can provide more lessons to more kids, please consider a donation, and earmark it for “Waterproof Our Youth.”
- The Belmont pool rebuild project will finally get its hearing at the California Coastal Commission on Thursday, February 11. Go to this link for the agenda, (http://www.coastal.ca.gov/
meetings/agenda/#/2021/2), click on the tab for Thursday, and scroll down to Items 12b, 13a-13b, and 14a, which will all share a single presentation. Supporters of the project can sign up through that site to comment and/or sign up to speak during the meeting. More importantly, send in letters and emails. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information on what to say and where to send your correspondence. All correspondence must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 5.
- Thank you to the City of Long Beach for sharing $5,000 of the CARES Act grant money with Aquatic Capital. This grant reimburses us for a portion of our ongoing 2020 expenses incurred while our revenue was so negatively impacted by COVID-19. During 2020 and into 2021, we were forced to cancel our three biggest fundraising events – the Naples Island Swims & SUP in August, our September Hall of Fame Dinner and Ceremony, and what would have been our Annual Awards Banquet that normally takes place this month.