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      Charlie van der Horst was a force for good and was integrally involved in many activities benefiting vulnerable populations.

      In keeping with Charlie’s values, his love for swimming, and interest in helping youth, Charlie’s fellow swimmers and friends have formed a nonprofit charitable organization in his name. This initiative will provide funding and development of youth-based water safety/swimming skills programs, giving children the opportunity to be safe in and around water.

      Swim For Charlie is partnering with the Orange County Schools and the Orange County Sportsplex to transport 2nd graders during the school day to the pool for water safety/swimming instruction.  There will be 8 sessions over two weeks. The program will use the NC Healthful Living Standards and will be part of the Physical Education curriculum. Schools will be added to the program prioritizing those schools with the greatest need.

      Dr Charles Van Der Horst Water Safety Initiative ( is a Section 501(c) (3) charitable organization, EIN 84-2837052. All donations are deemed tax-deductible absent any limitations on deductibility applicable to a particular taxpayer. No goods or services were provided in exchange for your contribution.