2017 SZ Diversity Swim Camp and Summit

The Southern Zone Diversity Swim Camp and Summit is set for June 22-25, 2017, and will be held in Charlotte, NC.  MS Swimming will send up to 3 athletes to travel with the Diversity Chair and/or 1 Coach to the camp.  Athletes interested in attending must fill out the camp application posted below and email to our Diversity Chair.

SZ ZONE DIVERSITY CAMP APPLICATION

About the USA Swimming 2017 Southern Zone Diversity Camp and Summit
The Southern Zone will host our 3rd ever Diversity Select Camp and Summit in an effort to identify the emerging young diverse athletes from under-represented populations in the sport from each LSC and offer them a unique motivational and educational experience. The Zone Diversity Select Camps are viewed as an integral step for athletes to move from the local and Zone level onto to the national scene. Athletes from underrepresented populations would participate in a three-day camp program, which includes pool training, motivational, and education sessions and team-building activities.

Purpose:
Celebrate the opportunities of/for diversity in swimming in the Southern Zone through inspiration of athletes, coaches and volunteers. Create local ambassadors and leaders to grow our sport.

Goals:
Empower athletes from ethnically under represented populations and their coaches to:

• Demonstrate the viability of multicultural success in swimming within their local LSC

• Achieve performance excellence throughout the sport

• Introduce the benefits and value of participating in the sport of swimming

• Develop positive leaders and role models that others from multicultural backgrounds can emulate

• Connect, network and promote the virtues of the sport of swimming through a comprehensive strategy involving the athletes and the LSC Diversity Chairs in their own local LSCs and throughout the Southern Zone.

Attendees: 45 athletes (20+ boys / 20+ girls) ages 13-16 years-old (at least 1 male and 1 female from each zone) along with each LSC Diversity Chairs and 1 Coach

Dates and Location: June 22 - 25, 2017 in Charlotte, NC at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center. Athletes, coaches and volunteers will be housed on campus in hotels. We will have 3 Long Course sessions and 2 Short Course sessions for the campers. Meals will be catered on-site or by a local national catering company or hotel. Athletes, Diversity Chairs, and Coaches will arrive Thursday (June 22) early to late afternoon and depart Sunday (June 25) morning.

Invitees:

• 3 athletes (at least 1 male and 1 female) from each of the 15 LSCs in the Southern Zone

• 1 Diversity Chair from each LSC will attend the Summit

• 1 Coach from each LSC will attend the Summit (either Diversity Chair or Coach need to be the travel chaperone with USA Swimming Background certified)