April 19, 2018
SUBJECT: 2018 USA SWIMMING DIVERSITY & INCLUSION AWARD
Dear USA Swimming Membership,
Each year USA Swimming’s National Diversity and Inclusion Committee presents the Diversity & Inclusion Award to an individual and/or group or organization that positively impacts USA Swimming’s membership through various programming or initiatives. Last year the committee awarded the D&I Award to Coach Miriam Lynch for her efforts in diversifying the sport of swimming.
Past award winners include Olympian Cullen Jones (2007), the Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation (2010) and Olympian Maritza (Correia) McClendon (2013). This year the committee will present the award to an individual or a group/organization. Nomination descriptions are below.
 This individual has shown excellence and gone above and beyond their daily role to address the needs and concerns of underrepresented individuals in the sport of swimming. This individual has made a significant impact in providing countless individuals with the opportunities to explore issues regarding diversity, identity development, multicultural education, and leadership initiatives in swimming.
Team/Group or Organization Nomination
 Given to a team/group or organization that has demonstrated a consistent pattern of breaking barriers while cultivating and promoting diversity initiatives that establish and foster a more inclusive and equitable environment, thus leading to recruitment, retention and promotion of individuals of underrepresented populations.
Nomination forms can be found by going to usawimming.org/diversity.
The USA Swimming Diversity and Inclusion Committee is writing this letter asking you to submit a nomination for the Diversity & Inclusion Award.
The deadline to submit nominations is Friday, August 3, 2018. Please email nomination forms to Manuel Banks, USA Swimming Diversity & Inclusion Membership Specialist at firstname.lastname@example.org or send via fax to (719) 866-4669. Winners will be announced at the 2018 United States Aquatic Sports Convention.
USA Swimming National Diversity & Inclusion Committee
2018 D & I Award for Team/Group/Organization Nomination Form
2018 D & I Award Individual Nomination Form