Omi Foundation


The Omi Foundation’s motto is “Get In…. and Give Back..”

Steve Omi was a celebrated member of the Coeur d’Alene community, who passed away from cancer in 1994. In honor of Masters Swimmer Steve Omi’s life, the Steve Omi Foundation and the Open Water Memorial Swim was originally established to award scholarships to college bound swimmers. Under the Foundation’s charter the Memorial Swim continues as an annual event to raise funds to help promote and sustain youth educational swimming activity and programs in Kootenai County Idaho. Idaho still has one of the highest rates of childhood drowning in our Nation and childhood education is one step in promoting water safety.

Omi Board Members include those who knew Steve personally, and those who reflect the qualities and characteristics that he exhibited in his life. Steve Omi is best remembered for his inspirational leadership by example, his intelligence, his sense of responsibility and his loyalty. The Omi Foundation strives to follow his life’s example by “playing the hand that we have been dealt the best way possible.” (Steve Omi )

All proceeds from Omi Foundation events goes directly to schools to help with transportation costs to get to the 3rd Grade Swim program held at the Kroc Center. There are no paid positions. Each board member serves without compensation.

Please join us in by getting involved and giving back!