Stew Leonard III Water Safety Foundation
About the Foundation
On January 1, 1989, Stew Leonard, III (“Stewie”) lost his life in a drowning accident – he was just 21 months old. This sparked his parents, Kim and Stew Leonard, Jr., to pledge to do everything in their power to prevent this tragedy from striking other families, especially as drowning is a leading cause of accidental death in children four and under.
In 1990, Kim and Stew founded the Stew Leonard III Water Safety Foundation in memory of their son. Since this time, the Foundation has raised $6 million for water safety awareness and education initiatives, including funding hundreds of lifeguard trainings and 10,000 free or low-cost swim lessons for children in need every year.
The Foundation's Impact
We partner with YMCA’s, Boys & Girls Clubs, community centers and other youth-serving organizations to fund free or low-cost swim lessons for children in need who may otherwise not have access. Children who take swim lessons are 88% less likely to drown!
Thanks to the generous support of our donors, we’ve raised $6M for water safety initiatives, including funding 250K swim lesson scholarship and thousands of lifeguard trainings.
National Community Impact
Communities across the United States have adopted Stewie the Duck as an educational tool for awareness and drowning prevention programs. Stewie the Duck has expanded to every state, but four!
Our Foundation is honored to partner with the following grantees to advance water safety awareness and to provide free or low-cost swim lessons for children in need and lifeguard trainings.
Boys and Girls Club of Clifton
Boys and Girls Club of Stamford
Horizons at Norwalk Community College
NCH Safe and Healthy Children’s Coalition
YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
For every $10, one child receives a FREE swim lesson.
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Save the Date!
All proceeds benefit Stew Leonard III Water Safety Foundation
New York City Marathon
Save the Date!
Stew Leonard III Water Safety Foundation is proud to be an official charity partner of the New York Road Runners for the 2023 TSC New York City Marathon. Of the 50,000 runners participating in this year’s marathon, we’re thrilled that for the second year in a row, five will be representing the Stew Leonard III Water Safety Foundation as TEAM STEWIE! For the 2022 TSC New York City Marathon, TEAM Stewie raised more than $15K to support swim lesson scholarships for children in need. WOW!
The 26.2 mile course runs through all five boroughs: Staten Island, Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan and the Bronx. Through this partnership, we are able to provide you the opportunity to make your miles meaningful by helping support potentially lifesaving swim lessons for children who may otherwise not have access.
For more information on the Stew Leonard III Water Safety Foundation, including sponsorship inquries,
please contact Sarah Caro at email@example.com.