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Freestyle pass is back this summer!

Benny Gordon4/4/2023 - The Freestyle Pool Pass is back this summer! The Freestyle Pass removes barriers to the community swimming pool by providing free daily swim passes for individuals and families that require financial assistance. 

Thanks to the generosity of this community, 944 pool passes were used last summer.

Freestyle Passes depend on private donations, with fundraising taking place every other year. This is a fundraising year, and we are hoping to expand the Freestyle Pass program to include a limited number of scholarships providing free water safety and swim classes to those who have a financial barrier to participating. Our fundraising goal is $8,500 for pool passes, with funds raised above and beyond that to be dedicated to “Gordon Grants,” swim instruction scholarships named for Benny Gordon, Jr.

Benny Gordon was the lead activist who worked to integrate the Webster pool in the 1950s, but he did so not knowing how to swim. He said, "My children and my grandchildren will enjoy the fruits of what we fought for."  By removing financial barriers to swim instruction, Gordon Grants can facilitate greater enjoyment of swim recreation for all, across race and income.

Commitment to the Freestyle Pass has been exceptional; please help keep it going!

Donations can be made online at or by check made payable to WRHM and mailed or brought to 111 East Waymire, Webster Groves, 63119. Checks must include “Freestyle Pass Fund” in the memo line.

For questions, please contact

Founded in 2021, the Freestyle Pass program is a joint effort of the Webster Groves School District, the City of Webster Groves, the Alliance for Interracial Dignity, and Webster Rock Hill Ministries.