Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

The primary objective of Pacific's Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Program is to increase multicultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity and to foster an inclusive environment at all levels of the sport of competitive swimming. The Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee develops and administers programs which are aimed at encouraging existing clubs and related organizations to expand opportunities to provide a competitive swimming experience to those individuals currently lacking such opportunities.


The DEI Committee usually meets the last Thursday of each month via  Zoom. If you are interested in participating on the committee call, or you have any questions, please email Kent Yoshiwara.


DEI COVID-19 Relief Grant

The purpose of the DEI COVID-19 Relief Grant is to provide needed assistance to teams within Pacific Swimming who have experienced barriers to receiving adequate funding through other sources, including through the previous rounds of the Pacific Swimming COVID-19 Grants. Specifically, it is intended that this grant will serve teams with large Outreach registered membership, large DEI membership and/or teams experiencing greater obstacles in their return-to-swim process.

Submission Instructions

  • Please type or write clearly on the form.
  • Include one additional page, if needed to include any additional information. 
  • Limit the entire grant application submittal to 4 total pages.
  • Please answer all of the questions.


Please submit your application and questions to: Pacific Swimming DEI Committee Chair, Kent Yoshiwara at:  kyoshiwara@pacswim.org

The application deadline is January 3, 2021.

DEI COVID-19 Relief Grant Application


Outreach Registration

Pacific Swimming participates in the USA Swimming Outreach Program and offers registration at the USA Swimming registration fee of $5.00 with no additional fees to Pacific Swimming. Valid June 1, 2020 - December 31, 2021.

Click here for the current Outreach Athlete Registration Form



Meet Entry Fee Assistance Program (MEFAP)

Pacific Swimming has introduced a new Meet Entry Fee Assistance Program (MEFAP) to help swimmers cover the costs of entering swim meets. The swimmer would pay for the splash fee associated with each meet and Pacific Swimming will cover the individual swims’ entry fees. To be eligible, swimmers must be a registered outreach swimmer OR have a family-proven hardship, verified by a coach. Swimmers may use the attached form to register for each meet. This form also includes answers to some common questions. If your question is not answered by this form, please contact Annie Stein



Diversity Grant Program

The purpose of the Diversity & Inclusion Grant is to increase multicultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity and to foster an inclusive environment at all levels of the sport of competitive swimming. Twice a year, Pacific Swimming clubs are encouraged to submit an application for a Pacific Swimming Diversity Grant. Available funding for each grant period is dependent on the approved annual budget. The Fall Grant application period has just closed. Check back for dates on the Spring Grant.

Clubs and organizations requesting support from Pacific Swimming submit a written Program Plan which includes the purpose, plan description, test metrics, schedule, budget, funding requested from Pacific Swimming, and manpower expectations. The Committee then evaluates the requests based on the following criteria:

 

  • Fulfillment of the USA Swimming Outreach program mission, which is to provide opportunities in swimming to the underrepresented and economically disadvantaged youth in the United States)
  • Fulfillment of the Pacific Swimming mission, which is to encourage participation and the pursuit of excellence in swimming
  • Benefit to the athletes
  • Innovation
  • Likelihood of success
  • Other sources of funding                                                                    

 

The Fall 2019 Grant application period has now closed. Please check back for future Grant application dates.

Note: Scholarships for swimmers with financial needs will not be considered this session as we are developing an Individual Scholarship program. All other grant requests will be considered. Questions? Contact Kent Yoshiwara        

Previous Grant Recipients



Fred Siegrist Scholarship

The Fred Siegrist Scholarship is designed to give economically disadvataged youth the opportunity to participate in Pacific all-star meets and camps for which they qualify which would normally require a co-pay from the athlete's family.



USA Swimming Diversity and Inclusion

For more information, please visit USA Swimming's Diversity and Inclusion page

USA Swimming Diversity and Inclusion Resource Page

Recommended Practices for Gender Diverse Minor Athletes