After winning four gold medals in the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games, Lenny Krayzelburg knew he wanted to continue to have a presence in the swimming world and create something impactful that could make a difference in children's lives. Recognizing the need for a high-quality program to teach children a lifesaving skill, Lenny started two swim academies in Los Angeles in 2005. The success in Los Angeles was contagious and led to a licensing partnership with the Jewish Community Centers (JCC), opening the first partner location in 2009 and eventually growing to 11 swim schools across the United States.
The early-learning swim program is based on our own proprietary teaching curriculum, The SwimRight® Method. The purpose of the SwimRight® Method is to implement the swim-float-swim technique as a foundation, and then focus on providing children with increased confidence and knowledge that they are safe in and around the water. This unique swimming lesson approach is taught by certified, caring, and committed instructors who remain in the water with the children at all times. Our swimming lessons take students starting as young as 3 months old from the beginning stages of swimming all the way to learning all four strokes. Since its inception in 2005, our swim schools have taught tens of thousands of kids life-saving water safety skills in a safe and kid-friendly environment. Realizing the impact we have already made, but more importantly acknowledging an opportunity to make an even greater difference nationwide, in 2019 we rebranded our company to SwimRight Academy Championed by Lenny Krayzelburg and launched a franchise offering. Given Lenny's deep connection to the Jewish community, the original licensing model branded Lenny Krayzelburg Swim Academy will continue to exist, but will be reserved exclusively for JCCs across North America.
Our brand name - SwimRight Academy championed by Lenny Krayzelburg - speaks clearly and simply to our daily mission of teaching kids how to swim the RIGHT way.
Despite knee and shoulder surgeries that kept him out of most of the competition following the 2000 Olympic Games, in which he won 3 gold medals, Krayzelburg made a triumphant comeback at the 2004 Games, winning his fourth gold medal. He was also a team captain of the 2004 US Olympic Swim Team. Krayzelburg is a member of the International Jewish Hall of Fame and in May 2011, his swimming career was truly complete when he was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame.
Lenny was born in Odesa, Ukraine. After spending his boyhood years in the former Soviet Union, his family immigrated to the United States to escape Soviet Jewish anti-Semitism and settled in Los Angeles. Lenny's story is the ultimate success story: the immigrant who came to a new land, worked hard, overcame obstacles, and found exactly what he hoped to find: the American Dream.
In 2005, following his retirement, Krayzelburg started the Lenny Krayzelburg Swim Academy in Los Angeles, CA. The year-round swim school program begins with children as young as three months old and is based on its own proprietary teaching curriculum, The SwimRight® Method. Soon after openings in LA, Lenny quickly partnered with the Jewish Community Centers Association (JCCA) to open additional swim school licensing locations across the country, including swim schools in Texas, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, and Massachusetts.
At the end of 2018, Krayzelburg rebranded the company and implemented a franchise program. Part of the brand refresh included a new name, SwimRight Academy, Championed by Lenny Krayzelburg.
By harnessing the same passion and drive to succeed that he demonstrated in his swimming career, Krayzelburg has shifted his focus to become a successful entrepreneur. He recently diversified his business interests and partnered with various startups in different industries including aquatic fitness programs, open water swim events, as well as a healthcare company that provides CPR, First Aid, and lifeguard courses.
Krayzelburg is a board member of Tikva Children's Home, an organization that cares for homeless, abandoned, and abused Jewish children in Ukraine and neighboring regions of the former Soviet Union. He is also a board member of the American Friends of Israel Sport Center for the Disabled, one of its kind centers that provide physical and psychological support for children and adults with disabilities to participate in sporting activities. Krayzelburg is an active supporter of the Jessie Rees Foundation, which provides support and resources to families whose children are battling cancer. Krayzelburg is also a treasurer of the Michael Phelps Foundation, an organization working to promote healthy, active lives for children by providing opportunities for participation in the sport of swimming.
Krayzelburg is a graduate of the University of Southern California where he majored in finance and business administration. He has two daughters and lives with his family in Los Angeles.
Four-time Olympic gold medalist from the 2000, 2004 Olympic Games
1999 and 2000 USA Swimming Swimmer of the Year
2011 Inducted into International SwimmingHall of Fame
1998 World Champion in 100m and 200m back
Owned 5 world records in backstroke
2004 Olympic SwimTeam Captain
2001 World Maccabiah Games champion
Member of USC SportsHall of Fame
Member of International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame
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