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.