Temperatures are rising in the Bay Area and the dog days of summer are just around the corner! So what is the best way to stay cool, spend time with friends and stay fit in the summer heat? We suggest hitting up your community swimming pool for lap swim, recreational play or water aerobics.

For many people, my self included, some of their favorite childhood memories take place around a pool, with friends and family. That is one of the many reasons why the Sustainable Sports Foundation is committed to providing free swim lessons to low-income families in our community. The SSF Youth Swim Program not only teaches our participants how to swim and be safe in the water, it also encourages a healthy lifestyle, self-esteem and provides the opportunity for young children to be involved with their community.

How can you support the SSF Youth Swim Program? There are several ways that you can help SSF, and the families we serve:

1. DONATE:

Any dollar amount helps! $5 provides a swimming cap, $50 provides a swim suit, and $300 provides 2-3 months of swim instruction. To make a donation please visit http://www.active.com/donate/sustainablesports.

2. PARTICIPATE:

All net proceeds from SSF Events provide funding for our Youth Swim Program, so your participation makes a difference. The Marin County Swim is coming up on July 19th, use the coupon code MARIN14 at checkout to get $5 off your race registration. To register, and for more information about SSF Events (Marin County Triathlon and Marin County Half Marathon) please visit www.sustainablesports.org.

3. VOLUNTEER:

Help support our swimmers, bikers and runners at an upcoming SSF Event. Our events are not possible without the tireless commitment of our volunteers. For summer volunteer opportunities contact amiklos@sustainablesports.org.

4. SHARE

Make sure to share the work of our foundation with your friends, family, and co-workers. Visit our website to like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, to stay up-to-date on SSF news and events.

For more information about the Sustainable Sports Foundation, our Youth Swim Program and our events, please visit www.sustainablesports.org.