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USA Deaf Swimming

The mission of USA Deaf Swimming is to support and develop Deaf swimming in the United States. 

United States Deaf Swimming (USADS), a 501(c)3 organization, supports the Deaf National Team in international competitions as well as supporting all Deaf youth of every level who swim through our program. The athletes come from all over the United States, from varied socio-economic backgrounds. Their common thread -- they are all deaf or hard-of-hearing.

United States Deaf Swimming is an affiliate of the USA Deaf Sports Federation, USA Swimming, and the United States Olympic Committee.

The USADS athletes come from all over the United States. They are all members of USA Swimming, USA Deaf Swimming, and the USA Deaf Sports Federation. The USA Deaf Sports Federation, an affiliate of the USOC, is not a USOC-funded entity. Able-bodied and paralympic national team athletes receive training and travel funds, but Deaf swimmers do not.

Our mission aligns perfectly with USA Swimming core values. We work to build the base by enabling deaf youth to participate in competitive swimming through consultation and networking. The media attention deaf swimmers receive reflects positively on the sport and thereby its supporters. Finally, the competitive success by these swimmers is inspiring to the whole of society and, through international competition, the world. They demonstrate all the possibilities to other deaf individuals, and through sports represent the United States with honor and skill. Young deaf children, indeed all children, will be inspired when they see what these 14 – 24-year-olds have accomplished. When parents and teachers of newly diagnosed deaf youngsters see their stories, they will be empowered to set high goals for these potential champions