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Hope Floats Scholarships

SCSC is now providing scholarships through Hope Floats!

Stony Creek Swim Center is excited to be a Founding Member with Hope Floats Foundation. Together, Hope Floats and partner swim schools are committed to fundraising and providing scholarships for high-quality swim lessons for low-income children and their families in their communities.

Drowning is a major concern in most areas. In fact, the equivalent of thirteen school buses full of children die each year in the United States due to drowning. Studies at the National Institute of Health show that swim lessons can reduce the risk of drowning by 88%. Therefore, providing financial assistance allows us to further expand our goals of reducing drownings.

“There’s a huge need for swim lessons, and the kids that need them the most – lower socio-economic level kids – they’re not getting them,” said Cindy Tonnesen, founder of the Hope Floats Foundation. She continued, “We are saving kids, but there are more we need to reach, and we have the ability and resources to do it.”

“Stony Creek Swim Center is proud to pay it forward in our community! As a locally-owned and operated swim school, we are excited to have the opportunity to support families and offer scholarships for swim lessons in our community,” says Kim Walters, SCSC Director.

Hope Floats Foundation began to pilot the scholarship program in September 2017. Along with 26 partner swim schools in 13 states, Hope Floats hopes to serve thousands of children who would not otherwise have access to the life-saving gift of swim lessons. For more information, or to donate, please see Families interested in receiving a scholarship at SCSC can submit applications directly to Hope Floats Foundation.

About Stony Creek Swim Center

Stony Creek Swim Center is the leader in aquatic education in central Indiana. SCSC currently provides lessons to over 1000 students of all ages and abilities throughout Hamilton County and central Indiana. Our goal is to create life-long swimmers and promote water safety in our community, because swimming is not only fun…it’s a necessity. To learn more about SCSC and our programs, please visit our Swimming Lesson information page.

About Hope Floats Foundation

Hope Floats Foundation is a nonprofit founded in 2016 committed to impacting the statistic on worldwide drowning.  The Hope Floats model is a simple, sustainable way for swim schools to provide scholarships for high-quality swim lessons in their community.  To learn more about the Hope Floats Foundation and see a listing of swim school partners, please visit

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