Disability, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

The primary objective of Pacific's Disability, 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 Disability, 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 DDEI 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.


Resources

Use this link to discover a list curated to help you use inclusive language. These style guides are resources for ensuring the written word of your clubs reflects language that is welcoming and inclusive and that recognizes and embraces differences.

DDEI Style Guide Information & List

USA Swimming Athlete Inclusion, Competitive Equity, and Eligibility Policy 19.0


National Diversity Select Camp


The athlete application for the 2023 National Diversity Select Camp is now open!

Each spring, USA Swimming invites 48 athletes who represent an underrepresented community and/or ethnically underrepresented population that is less than 10% of the current USA Swimming member base, to participate in a three-day camp program which includes pool training, motivational and education sessions and team-building activities. These populations can include African American/Black, Hispanic/Latinx, Asian or Pacific Islander, Native American, and others.

Purpose

Instill a vision of success and inspire athletes from ethnically under-represented populations to become leaders in the sport of swimming.

Goals:

  • To empower athletes from ethnically under-represented populations and their coaches to:
  • Demonstrate the viability of multicultural success in swimming. 
  • Achieve performance excellence at every level of the sport. 
  • Expound the benefits and value of participating in the sport of swimming. 
  • Assist in recruiting more swimmers and coaches from diverse ethnicities to the sport of swimming. 
  • Be positive leaders and role models that others from multicultural backgrounds can emulate.



Site:   U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Center (OPTC), Colorado Springs, CO

Dates:   May 4-7, 2023. Athletes will arrive on Thursday and depart on Sunday morning.

Number of Athletes:  48 athletes (24 boys & 24 girls)


Application Deadline:

The athlete application is available here. The deadline to apply is February 10, 2023, 4 pm PST.

Age:

14 – 16 years of age. Age is as of the first day of camp May 4, 2023.

Eligibility:

Any USA Swimming registered athlete member who is eligible to represent the USA in international competition: a U.S. citizen who has NOT represented another country in international competition, in the case of dual citizens (your sport nation must be the United States), meets the qualification time standards, has not previously attended a USA Swimming Diversity Select Camp and represents an ethnically underrepresented population that is less than 10% of the current USA Swimming membership. These populations can include: African American, Hispanic, Asian or Pacific Islander, Native American, and others. As an added component, six athletes of each gender will be chosen from Outreach membership applicants. A swimmer cannot attend a Zone Select Camp and the Diversity Select Camp in the same year.  

Application:

The athlete application is available here. The deadline to apply is February 10, 2023, 4 PM PST.

Please note: Application must be filled out by the athlete.  The athlete must have a USA Swimming website account and username that is linked to the athlete's USA Swimming record. The athlete will not be able to access the application until logged into his/her account.


Camp Schedule:

The 3-day camp program will include a combination of pool training, motivational and education sessions, and team building activities.

Cost:

Each athlete selected for the camp will be provided free room and board at the Olympic Training Center, ground transportation in Colorado Springs and full airfare to Colorado Springs.

Personal Coaches:

As with the National Select Camp program, the personal coaches of the athletes selected will be invited to attend the camp and will be provided an educational tract similar to that offered to the athletes. Personal coaches will be provided room and board at the OTC, ground transportation from/to the Colorado Springs airport, and a $200 reimbursement to offset airfare expense.

Questions:

Kristin Alfano, Manager of Program Operations, at kalfano@usaswimming.org



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                                                                    

 

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.

The Fall Grant application has passed. Check back for the Sprng Grant application coming soon!

Questions? Contact Kent Yoshiwara        

Previous Grant Recipients



Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Camp


The 2022 Pacific Swimming Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Camp will be held on November 4, 2023. The camp works with swimmers 11-16 years of age, and includes in-water stroke work, team building and leadership development activities, plus more.

The goal of this camp is to create a culture of inclusion and opportunity to spread the mentality that elite level swimming can happen in any pool, by anyone, from any background. This camp encourages participation by athlete from the underrepresented groups of USA Swimming, which include: African-American, Latinx, Asian, as well as socioeconomically underserved, athletes with a disabilities, and those who identify as LGBTQ+.

This camp will include:

  • Guest Speakers
  • 2 Swim Sessions
  • Team Building Activities
  • Leadership Development
  • Dryland Exercises


Athlete Qualifications: All athletes must be between the ages of 11 and 16 years old on the day of the camp, and a member of Pacific Swimming in good standing. There are no time standard qualifications for this camp. All athletes are expected to come prepared to fully participate in both swim and dryland activities. If there is an injury that will prevent your full participation in the event, we ask that you inform us of the injury in advance of the camp.

Please send any questions to Verónica Hernández, vhernandez@pacswim.org



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 an Outreach registered athlete OR have a family-proven hardship, verified by a coach. Swimmers may register for each meet through their coach/club.

For more information and the form, please click below:

MEFAP Form

If you have additional questions, please contact Annie Stein



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 September 1, 2022 - August 31, 2023.

Click here to review Outreach Qualifications

If you meet the qualifications, please contact your team to apply for an Outreach membership.



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.



DDEI Forms

Click for common forms needed

MEFAP Form for Athletes
Updated 10.12.21

Athlete Support Form

Statement of Acknowledgement
Acknowledgement of Athlete Support Plan

Steps to Change Competition Category


USA Swimming Diversity and Inclusion

For more information, please visit USA Swimming's Diversity and Inclusion & Disability pages

USA Swimming Diversity and Inclusion Resource Page

USA Swimming Disabillity Resource Page

Recommended Practices for Gender Diverse Minor Athletes