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 application period for the Diversity Spring Grant Program has now closed. Stay tuned for the application and dates for the 2016 Fall Grant Program.
The next Diversity Task Force Meeting will be on Wednesday, May 25th from 8-9 pm via conference call. The committee is looking for club leaders, coaches and swim parents with questions, solutions, and even complaints. If interested in participating, please email Kent Yoshiwara and let him know your email and area of interest/concern.
Pacific participates in the USA Swimming Outreach program by offering USA Swimming registration at $5 to eligible swimmers. To be eligible, a swimmer's family must meet the eligibility requirements for the Free School Lunch Program or Food Stamps, or must have family income below the state poverty level.
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
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 2016 Western Zone Diversity and Inclusion Select Camp will be held this year from June 16-19, 2016, at the University of Utah, in Salt Lake City. The purpose of this camp is to instill a vision of success and inspire athletes from under-represented populations to become leaders in the sport of swimming. Pacific Swimming will be sending two athletes, one coach, the Diversity Chair and any other Diversity Summit participants.
The goals of this camp are to empower athletes from ethnically under represented populations, those economically disadvantaged, and LGBT and their coaches to:
- Demonstrate the viability of inclusiveness in swimming within their local LSC
- Achieve performance excellence at every level of the sport
- Expound the benefits and value of participating in the sport of swimming
- Be positive leaders and role models that others from socioeconomic backgrounds can emulate
- To connect, network and promote the virtues of the sport of swimmming through a compreshensive strategy involving the athletes, coaches and LSC Diveristy Chairs in their own LSC's and throughout the Western Zone
Eligible athletes will be between 13 - 16 years old at the time of the camp in June, preferrably with an A time in one or more events in the 13-14 or 15-16 age groups, either SCY or LCM. For complete details and restrictions, click on one of the forms below. Deadline to apply is April 15, 2016.
The 2015 Pacific Swimming Diversity Camp was held on Sunday, November 8th at the indoor MLK Pool in San Francisco, CA. The camp worked with swimmers 11-16 years of age, and included a guest speaker, in-water stroke work, team building and leadership development activities, plus more.
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 next deadline for submission of grant applications is October 15.
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