Swim with Purpose

Bringing swimming back to Kentucky State University, the Frankfort community, and the YMCA

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Our Mission

The purpose of the Swim with Purpose Fund is to raise $1 million dollars to support the reestablishment of the indoor pool facility at the Exum Center for the community to utilize for healthy lifestyle and therapy. Programs will be created by the University and the Frankfort YMCA to break generational stigmas and create a safe and teachable atmosphere for children, college students and adults. This fund will also establish a self-sustaining fund for ongoing maintenance and programs while partnering with the community with programs and facilities.

Pool before rennovation

This is where we're starting

Our facility is in need of renovation and restoration

Pool after renovation

This is what we're building

When complete, our facility will rejuvenate a community


Minorities are 50% more likely to drown than non-minorities and young minority children are up to ten times more likely to drown than non-minority children

Michael Phelps

Statement of Support from Michael Phelps

I, Michael Phelps, support Swim With Purpose’s mission and their efforts to renovate and reopen the aquatic center at Kentucky State University, an HBCU. It’s wonderful to see people and organizations coming together to make a difference in underserved communities. I hope that Swim With Purpose is able to reach its fundraising goal and that the renovated aquatic center can make a positive impact on the lives of those who benefit from it.

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Help Support Us

Join us in promoting a healthier community by making a difference through your support of Swim with Purpose Fund. Your contribution can help bring back the indoor pool facility at the Exum Center, create ongoing programs and facilities, and inspire healthy habits. Click the link to make a donation today and be a part of our mission to make a positive impact on lives in our community.

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Board of Directors

The board of directors for Swim with Purpose is comprised of dedicated individuals who share a passion for promoting healthy living and creating opportunities for community members of all ages. With a diverse range of backgrounds and expertise, the board works collaboratively to oversee the organization's fundraising efforts, develop programs, and establish partnerships to achieve the fund's goals of reestablishing the indoor pool facility at the Exum Center.

Sam Taylor

Sam Taylor

Chairman and Co‑founder
Katrisha Waldridge

Katrisha Waldridge

Co-Chairman and Co‑founder

Dr. Jamaal Jackson

Board Member and Co‑founder
Berry Popp

Berry L. Popp

Board Member and Co‑founder
Nick Belacore

Nick Belcore

Board Member and Co‑founder

Corporate Sponsors



Blue Grass Community Foundation
ATTN: Swim With Purpose
499 E. High Street, Ste. 112
Lexington, KY 40507


+1 888 912 1198