Goggles for Guppies

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Goggles for Guppies is a web-based clearinghouse to facilitate the donation of new and like-new goggles, caps, fins, kick boards, buoys, snorkels, suits, gear bags, and whatever can be useful to learn-to-swim programs for disadvantaged and special needs children from manufacturers, distributors, retailers and individual swimmers. The excess aquatic products inventory and outgrown equipment is donated to beneficiaries including the American Red Cross, Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCA, and inner city programs throughout America.

History and Co-founders

Goggles for Guppies, a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation, was founded in 2011 by aquapreneurs Chris Hales and Matt Hales, twin 12-year-old brothers who are competitive age-group swimmers at the Mission Viejo Nadadores in Southern California. They created a volunteer organization that distributes donated swim equipment to underprivileged children while providing community service opportunities for athletes as well as for intermediate and high school students who need to fulfill their community service requirements for graduation.

They have distributed over 20,000 new swim suits, caps and goggles to encourage underprivileged, at-risk children to learn to swim. They solicit and accept donations of unsold inventory from sporting goods manufacturers, distributors and retailers for distribution to learn-to-swim programs internationally and throughout America that provide basic, life-saving swimming skills to disadvantaged kids. Goggles for Guppies is are proud to be the exclusive distributor of donated swim equipment for the USA Swimming Foundation's Make-A-Splash initiative.

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