Diversity & Inclusion
The primary objective of Pacific's Diversity & 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 & 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 next Diversity & Inclusion Meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 29th, 7:30-9:30 pm via conference call.
Call-In # 1-866-305-2467
Guest Code: 439229
Go To Meeting: 673-536-101
If interested in participating or you have any questions, please email Kent Yoshiwara.
Western Zone Diversity & Inclusion All-Star Meet
This year's Western Zone Diversity and Inclusion All-Star Meet will be The Black History Swim Meet, February 15-19, 2018, in Washington, DC. This meet was founded with the goals of providing urban youth nationwide with a positive outlet for expression, exposure to strong competition, a forum to meet positive role models, and the opportunity to visit the nation's capital. The annual event now attracts nearly 1,000 youth competitors from swim teams in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Detroit, Cleveland, New York and other metropolitan areas in the United States. Courageous and notable African Americans in history or in the field of swimming whose contributions are known throughout the world are recognized during the weekend's events.
The trip is five days over Presidents’ Day Weekend that includes competition, an awards dinner and activities in our nation’s capital. If you are selected, you will be one of the “Best in the West,” since less than one-half of one percent of Western Zone athletes are selected to this team. Click here for the application and more details. Deadline to apply is December 6, 2017.
If you have any questions regarding this meet, please contact Kent Yoshiwara.
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 September 1, 2017 - December 31, 2018.
Click here for the current Outreach Athlete Registration Form
Meet Entry Fee Assistance Program
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
The 2017 Pacific Swimming Diversity Camp was held on October 21st in San Jose, CA. The camp worked with swimmers 11-16 years of age, and include a guest speakers, in-water stroke work, team building and leadership development activities, plus more.
Check back here for more information on the 2018 Camp.
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.
Western Zones Diversity and Inclusion Camp
The 2018 Western Zone Diversity and Inclusion Select Camp will be held this on June 14-17, 2018, at the San Diego State University, in San Diego, California.
The Zone Diversity Select Camps are viewed as an integral step for athletes to move from the local and zone level onto the national scene. Athletes will participate in a three-day camp program, which includes pool training, motivational, education sessions and team-building activities.
For more information, click here. Look for applications to be available on January 8, 2018.
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 has just closed. Check back here for when the Spring grant program will be available.
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
- Likelihood of success
- Other sources of funding
The current Fall Grant application has just closed. Check back for the Spring 2018 application available early next year.
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