Each day families struggle to make ends meet due to the harsh economic time in which we currently live. According to the Bureau of Labor statistics, in September the number of unemployed persons was 9.3 million. Many people do not have the discretionary income that they once had for extracurricular activities due to an unforeseen job loss that has adversely impacted income in a negative way. Outreach membership plays a vital role in bridging the gap.
USA Swimming’s Year-round Athlete Outreach Membership
USA Swimming is committed to providing outreach membership for families in need. The goal of offering outreach membership is to provide opportunities in swimming to economically disadvantaged youth in the United States. Each Local Swimming Committee determines how they will qualify athletes for outreach membership. They may use, but are not limited to, national guidelines based on Federal Food Stamps, Free School Lunch and/or Federal Poverty Guidelines.
At SPY, we have tried to expand upon the definition provided by USA Swimming with our Outreach Athlete process, and encourage families who believe that year-round swimming may present a financial hardship to apply to our Outreach Athlete program. If you have any questions, please feel free to email Carrie Cleveland.
Details of the new SPY Outreach Athlete application process can be found here.
2018 USA Swimming Outreach Athlete Registration Application