Your Donations Help Provide Health Innovations for Children, Families & Seniors

Why Donate?

The RBAC – A Non-Profit Organization
The RBAC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to helping EVERYONE achieve their PERSONAL BEST by providing the FINEST AQUATIC educational, competitive, therapeutic and recreational PROGRAMS. The RBAC and its programs help people of all ages, all abilities, and all members of our Community.

Donations & Grants – 10% of the Annual Budget
Our donation and grant program is an essential part of the RBAC ability to fulfill our mission and provide scholarships, teach at-risk children to swim, offer healing warm water exercise, serve those with special needs, give kids a chance to be part of a team and employ the best coaches, instructors, therapists, and camp counselors. Scholarships provide opportunity to those who could not participate without financial assistance. Many participants on our teams receive scholarship assistance and many of our programs that reach deeply into our community make it possible for everyone, from novice to expert, to participate and benefit from all that we offer here.

Have you thought of including the RBAC in your Will or Bequest?
If you have designated the RBAC as a recipient of your generosity and planned giving, please let us know. 626.564.0330 ext: 406

Donations Help With

Donations Make a Difference
To provide an idea of the impact donors have on our programs, just consider this sampling of programs that would not be possible without the generosity and leadership of those who contribute to the Annual Campaign and throughout the year.

The Water Safety/Learn-to-Swim Program includes ALL 1,450 third-grade students in ALL eighteen elementary schools in Pasadena Unified School District at NO cost to the children and their families. Teachers estimate that for over 80% of the students, this is their first aquatic experience. While we will never know how many lives will be saved through this education, we can be sure that without donor support, children would not have an opportunity to learn ways to be safe around water, protecting their lives as well as the lives of others. Students learn many skills with lifetime benefits that extend well beyond the pool deck: listening, following directions, keeping track of personal belongings, and setting goals.

The RBAC is home to the Rays Special Needs Swim Team, Camp Splash! Summer Day Camp for Children with Special Needs, the Community Adaptive Lessons and Adaptive Group Lessons. These innovative programs assist children with physical and developmental disabilities, including autism spectrum disorders, attention deficit disorder, bi-polar disorder, cerebral palsy, motor planning or weight issues and other special needs. Our staff works closely with many other agencies also dedicated to helping children with special needs: Ability First, Almansor Center, Club 21, Foothill Autism Alliance, Frostig Center, Down Syndrome Association of Los Angeles, and the San Gabriel Valley, Glendale City College Adaptive Physical Education Program, Hathaway Sycamores, Pasadena Parks & Recreation Department, Regional Centers, School Districts including Burbank, Glendale, La Canada, Los Angeles, Pasadena and South Pasadena, and Villa Esperanza.

The RBAC has the unique accomplishment of providing over 100 hours of programming EVERY WEEK. This requires a staff of 250, a Board of Directors with 18 members who serve without compensation, and prioritizing efforts to preserve the integrity of this incredible facility. Many of us depend upon amenities that make the RBAC supportive: locker and family changing rooms, equipment, a café and a pro shop. Donations help

  • undertake preventive maintenance to keep small problems from becoming costly, inconvenient ones;
  • meet rising energy costs so that the pools are heated throughout the year;
  • hire oustanding staff, many with Olympic competitive and coaching experience,
  • maintain the safest environment possible;
  • provide scholarships;
  • and undertake innovations that are changing the ways our community as well as professional organizations, colleges and universities view aquatic programs and open the door of opportunity for those with special needs.

YOU Make the Difference
Please note that every donation, large or small, makes a difference for every patron and for you. Whether you come to the RBAC to be part of a team, receive a college scholarship, find your first summer job, launch a “new you,” work to get your health back, or follow doctors orders, you get healthier, make dear friendships, or learn you are not alone while overcoming challenges. Your generosity changes people’s lives.


Board of Directors


Douglas McCrary, Chairman
Janice Kincaid Clifford, Vice Chairman
John T. Cloud, Treasurer
Tim Carey, Secretary
Denny McSweeny, Immediate Chairman
Lyn Beckett Cacciatore
Kirsten Hart
Raphael L. Henderson
Thomas Hulick
Millard Murphy
John Oscarson
John Plummer
Mercy Santoro
Darrell Walker
Chairman Emeritus
William E. Thomson, Jr.
Kurt Knop, Executive Director
Kurt Knop, Executive Director
Cristina Alvarado, Director of Swim Lessons
Alethea Crespo, Director of Therapeutic Programs
Eric Elliott, Head Coach, Dive
Paul Galbo, Manager, Front Desk
Sandra Hilts, Director of Finance
Emily Imperiale, Director of Public Relations
Jeff Julian, Head coach, Swim
Michael Kane, Director of Fitness Center
Wendy Kendall, Water Fitness Coordinator
Mary Pinola, Director of Development
Adam Roth, Head Coach, Water Polo
Rocco Romano, Manager, Food & Beverage
Ken Snyder, Facilities Engineer
Tim Unger, Director, Human Resources & Operations

Donate Now!

Please click on the DONATE button below or call 626.564.0330×406.
We accept Mastercard, Visa and American Express or make your checks payable to the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center. Every donation counts and is tax deductible to the extent of the law.