National Diversity Select Camp Coach and Athlete Applications
Each spring, USA Swimming invites 36 athletes from underrepresented populations to participate in a three-day camp program which includes pool training, motivational and education sessions and team-building activities. Selection is based on USA Swimming sanctioned events.
The athlete and assistant coach application deadline for the 2014 National Diversity Select Camp is past.
2013: Minnesota Swimming sent 2 swimmers and the MSI Diversity Chair to the Central Zone Diversity Select Camp June 7-10 in Oklahoma City, OK. MSI swimmers joined 28 other athletes from 14 states in the Central Zone for swim workouts and leadership training. Coaches and diversity chairs were involved in team building and program development on the topics such as diversity of membership within LSC's and Make-A-Splash programming.
MNswim is proud to offer grant money to eligible diversity initiatives around the MSI community.
Each applicant is eligible for up to $2000 from the Diversity funds for the current budget. Grant money will:
- Only be released to a credible non-profit organization.
- Not be released to an individual person.
A clear description of the program's mission and vision and how you are promoting diversity in swimming is required.
For more details, see the grant application in Documents.
Support Provided by MNswim
Phillips Neighborhood Community Pool Bond
MNswim and several MNswim clubs supported the Phillips Neighborhood Community Pool's bond of $1.75 million dollars in funds to renovate the Phillips pool, which has been closed since 2008. The Phillips pool is the last inner city community pool in Minneapolis. Access to this pool is critical to enable kids in Minneapolis to learn to swim. Minority youth are 6 times more likely to die from drowning than Caucasian youth. USA Swimming offers an anti-drowning program called Make-A-Splash and encourages any swim lessons provider to become a Make-A-Splash partner. To help support your team in becoming a Make-A-Splash partner contact Melissa Malen.
If you are interested in learning more about the Phillips pool and opportunities to support it, visit the Minneapolis Swims website at: http://www.mplsswims.org/.
As part of its mission to service all athletes in the MN LSC, the following Minnesota Swimming, Inc. (MNswim) looks after the interests of our diverse population.
The MNswim Diversity Committee is comprised of 1 athlete, 2 coaches, and 2 non—coaches.
Tuan Le, non-coach rep
Lynn Sainati, coach rep
Tom Walsh, coach rep
Kelly Gu, athlete rep
What is an Outreach Athlete Membership and who is eligible?
USA Swimming/Minnesota Swimming offers an Outreach Athlete membership that costs $5.00 per athlete instead of $57.00. Athletes must meet the criteria of receiving the free/reduced school lunch program.
IF eligible athletes are not already registered, notify your club members that eligible athletes can be registered for an Outreach Athlete membership.
Outreach Athlete Fee Waiver (2016)
2016 Outreach Athlete (year-round) Registration Application
USA Swimming Diversity Mission Statement
USA Swimming is committed to increasing the multicultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity of the sport to achieve and foster an inclusive swimming environment that fosters the growth of swimming at all levels.
Increasing Awareness of Minnesota's Swimming Gap and High Drowning Rate
Minnesota has one of the highest African American youth drowning rates in the country and minority youth are 6 times more likely to drown. Minnesota has 26 drownings thus far in 2012 (August), double the total for 2011. Take a look at the USA Swimming Diversity web page and view Kare 11 News story from June 13, 2012 under the title, "Swimming Ability Gap Remains for Blacks."
Make a Splash for Water Safety Video Contest
STAR swimmers Ceallach Gibbons and Maya Appleton scripted and acted in their own Make a Splash video while Grady Appleton filmed and produced the video. USA Swimming offers a program designed to be a solution to the drowning dilemma: Make a Splash partner program. Any group can become a USA Swimming Make a Splash partner as long as they are offering Learn to Swim lessons and/or Water Safety events. STAR is a Make a Splash partner; their video was a finalist for 2012.