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USA Deaf Swimming

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

Why Should You Help Deaf Athletes?

Deaf youth often struggle against low expectations and can be at risk for under-achieving. Swimming as a sport provides a way for these young people to connect with the rest of the world. Swimming enables young people to learn time management skills, develop confidence, learn persistence, overcome challenges, set and achieve goals. These athletes are role models in every sense of the word. They are in school, train hard, use a variety of communication methods including speech and American Sign Language, and use a range of technology, including hearing aids and cochlear implants, to participate successfully in 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.

These competitions (and particularly the Deaflympics) present deaf people in a new light; as elite athletes, an image that is valued and respected in our country and improves the image of the United States internationally.   

The 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.

Fundraising

We are contacting as many organizations as possible so that the expense of participating in high level meets, such as Deaflympics and World Deaf Swimming Championships (WDSC), does not prevent athletes from competing for their country; Athletes will publicize their involvement in local communities; as an organization, we will contact national media. Our long term goal is to develop sustaining sponsorship relationships that will carry over to our ongoing programs and to the 2015 WDSC and 2017 Deaflympics.

Website

Include comprehensive details about the current national team and World Deaf swimming championships; organize and allow easy access to information so that www.deafswim.org is the place to go for information on all aspects of deaf swimming; provide links to make donating easy for supporters, thank and publicize donors according to their needs and wishes.

Social Media

Have every deaf swimmer, their coaches and parents join so that they will receive updated information in an expeditious way.

Database

The database will allow us to evaluate our impact on deaf swimming as well, organize specific information, and track swimmers' progress in the sport.

Logistics

The logistic committee is solving the problems of international travel so that athletes can focus on training.

Coach/Consultant

Coaching consultation via email and training camp prior to major events will ensure that athletes arrive in shape and ready to compete against the peak athletes from 30+ other nations and will represent the United States with honor.

Membership

USA Deaf Swimming membership is open to everyone regardless of nationality or hearing status.  A 2-year Membership gets you started with the USA Deaf Swimming Organization.  The fee includes memberships for both USA Deaf Swimming and USA Deaf Sports Federation.  Membership is required if you want to compete for a position on the national team, join the board of directors, or compete in a USADS hosted event.  You can join USADS by navigating to our Membership page.