Open Letter To International Swimming Hall of Fame Members, Donors and Supporters

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The International Swimming Hall of Fame is continuing its annual membership and donation drive with a letter from its President and CEO, Brent Rutemiller, bringing everyone up-to-date on the museum activities.   If you like what is happening, you can become a member, make a donation or join its One in a Thousand Club.

Dear International Swimming Hall of Fame Members, Donors and Supporters,

The year 2020 began with new hopes and promises for the International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF). It evolved into challenges and reflections. Twelve months later, we are back to hopes and promises.

Although 2020 brought many things to a halt, including our induction ceremonies, the city of Fort Lauderdale continued with the construction of its new aquatic center pools, grandstands, and diving tower. The facility is on schedule to open in the third quarter of 2021. New locker rooms and aquatic offices will open in early 2022. We are still in the early approval process of upgrading our museum buildings and have grand visions for the future. Needless to say, we have been working hard during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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The year 2020 also brought ISHOF closer to its underlying mission of preventing childhood drownings when we acquired the Every Child A Swimmer trademark. With that acquisition, we renewed our efforts to promote “Learn to Swim” programs and get a bill furthered in the Florida state legislature that requires children to complete a nationally recognized swimming lesson program prior to being admitted into kindergarten. These efforts take time and money, and we appreciate those who donated to ISHOF to further that mission.TH-984 ECAS LOGO UPDATE_ISHOF_FINAL

With the hope of a 2020ne Olympics in Tokyo and a renewal of our Hall of Fame Induction ceremonies in September (MISHOF in Atlanta) and October (ISHOF in Fort Lauderdale), 2021 will set us on a bigger, stronger and a more defined path.

We have never been more optimistic about the future of ISHOF than we are now!

On behalf of all us at the International Swimming Hall of Fame, we thank you for your continued support and hope you will renew your membership or make donation to support our efforts.



Brent T. Rutemiller
President, CEO of International Swimming Hall of Fame

“If you want to win, first help someone else win!”

1. Become a Member!

There are several membership options: Get Swimming World Magazine with your membership! Stay in the know all year long with a subscription to Swimming World Magazine (print, online, or both) AND an ISHOF membership.  You don’t want to miss a minute of aquatics coverage in 2021.  This Olympic year is going to be exciting!

2. Make a Donation!

Make a one-time donation to ISHOF.  You can donate in your own name, the name of someone else (great for gifts), or as an anonymous donor. Estate donations are also available, please contact

3. Join our One in a Thousand club

Join Olympians, world record holders, and icons in aquatic sports in becoming One in a Thousand

Since the launch of the One in a Thousand campaign, legends and icons in aquatic sports have joined the club and said why ISHOF is important to them.  Read their stories here:

Steve Lundquist: 1984 Olympic gold medalist – Read Steve’s story.

Sandra Bucha: ISHOF Board Member, Honoree, Open Water Superstar – Read Sandra’s story

Sid Cassidy: Head Coach and Aquatic Director for the Saint Andrew’s School and Aquatics in Boca Raton, Florida – Read Sid’s story

Klaus DiBiasi: ISHOF Honoree and triple Olympic medalist – Read Klaus’ story

Nicholas Granger: 2016 MISHOF Honor Swimmer and two-time Cancer Survivor – Read Nicholas’ story

Felix Grossman, Master’s ISHOF Honoree and diver – Read Felix’s story

Jason Lezak: 4X Olympian, 4X Gold Medalist, and World Record Holder – Read Jason’s story

Cynthia Potter: 1987 ISHOF Honoree and 28-time National Champion as a Diver – Read Cynthia’s story

Dara Torres: ISHOF Honoree and five-time Olympic team member – Read Dara’s story

New York Breakers: ISL Team under General Manager Tina Andrew – Read New York Breakers story


Take a Virtual Tour

The International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) museum opened its doors to the public in December of 1968 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. That same year, the Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA) – the governing body for Olympic aquatic sports – designated the ISHOF museum as the “Official Repository for Aquatic History”.   In 2018, Sports Publications Inc, publisher of Swimming World Magazine and its multi-media platforms, merged with ISHOF to expand the museum’s reach and impact.  Today, ISHOF’s vision is to be the global focal point for recording and sharing the history of aquatics, promoting swimming as an essential life-skill, and developing educational programs and events related to water sports.  Show your support for the sport of swimming by becoming a member of ISHOF.

ISHOF Vision Statement
To be the global focal point for recording and sharing the history of aquatics, promoting swimming as an essential life-skill, and developing educational programs and events related to water sports.

ISHOF Mission Statement
To collaborate with aquatic organizations worldwide to preserve, educate and celebrate history, showcase events, share cultures, and increase participation in aquatic sports.

The International Swimming Hall of Fame, Inc. is registered as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, incorporated in the State of Florida. Contributions to ISHOF are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. ISHOF’s tax identification number is 59-1087179. A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE (800-435-7352) WITHIN THE STATE OR FROM THE WEBSITE, REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE. You can find out more about us on under International Swimming Hall of Fame, Inc.

For more information please contact:
Brandi West, Marketing Director