Proceeds from Aloha Kakou will help support the Children’s Scholarship Fund which is dedicated to providing opportunity for all children, including children with special needs, to participate in innovative programs developing skills for water safety and swimming, exercise, and socialization. Additionally, approximately 10% of our competitive swim, dive and water polo team members receive some level of scholarship support.
Proceeds will also support the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center Water Safety/Learn-to-Swim Program that includes ALL 1,450 third grade students in ALL 18 elementary schools in Pasadena Unified School District. Over 80% of the students have little or no experience with aquatic sports. The goal is to reach deeply into Pasadena's neighborhoods, teaching so that by the time every child completes third grade, he or she will know life-protecting aquatic skills and how to swim for healthy exercise and well-being. Learning to swim builds self-confidence and provides instruction in skills necessary for success in the classroom and in life: listening, following directions, setting and achieving goals, exercising, keeping track of one’s belongings, and working together as a team. Learning to swim at this time in their lives is essential because research shows that children from non-swimming households are eight times more likely to be at-risk of drowning and if a child doesn’t learn to swim by the third grade, he or she likely never will.
The Rose Bowl Aquatics Center, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, opened in 1990 and is located in Pasadena’s beautiful Brookside Park, just south of the famous Rose Bowl Stadium. This world-class aquatics facility offers year round aquatic and fitness programming to children, youth, families and seniors so that all generations can achieve the benefits of healthy living habits, regular exercise, and sports training. Today we serve more than 450,000 patrons annually.