The NSPF mission statement is: To enhance healthy living by increasing aquatic activity through education and research. In support of this mission, the board has awarded four grants totaling $180,995. One health benefit grant was awarded to Utah State University and three injury prevention grants were awarded to University of Arizona, Purdue University, and the University North Carolina-Charlotte (UNCC). These grants will sustain ongoing research supported by NSPF in recent years and embark on new research. The board maintains its’ commitment to encourage increased aquatic activity through funding evidence-based research. “We refuse to allow the economy to deter us from promoting aquatics,” remarked Bill Kent, retiring Chairman of the NSPF Grant Review Committee. “The science eliminates the bad things and discovers the good things that show how getting in water benefits humankind,” he added.