Military kids swim for free at Edmonds Yost Pool this summer

MyNNNJust in time for the first heat wave of this summer, local military youth have the opportunity to swim for free at Edmonds’ Yost Park Pool, thanks to a partnership between Operation Military Family’s non-profit branch, OMF Cares, Swedish/Edmonds medical center and the Verdant Health Commission.

According to a news release sent Monday, each organization is donating $1,000 to purchase 11-punch summer swim passes for area military youth (ages 17 and under) to be used at Yost Park Pool this summer. Eligible military youth who would like a free summer swim pass can contact Nicholas McCallon at OMF Cares at or 1-877-516-8323, Ext. 109.

“OMF Cares is excited to help spread some extra summer fun to our deserving military families,” said OMF founder and Navy veteran Mike Schindler. “We’re extremely grateful to our community for their generous donations that allowed us to make this happen!”

“Swimming is an excellent way for students to stay active during the summer school break,” says David Jaffe, chief executive at Swedish/Edmonds. “Yost Pool is a local treasure and we’re pleased to be able to help fund these passes for the children of military families.”

This partnership was a natural fit for the Verdant Health Commission.

“We love the idea of giving military families a chance to be active and take advantage of the beautiful outdoor fitness opportunities in our community,” said Carl Zapora, superintendent of the Verdant Health Commission.

OMF Cares is the non-profit branch of Operation Military Family, LLC (OMF), a Veteran-owned and operated organization founded by Navy Veteran Michael Schindler, who has dedicated his life to supporting our military families. For more information, visit

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