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


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 current Fall Grant application is now available and can be downloaded by clicking the link. The next deadline for submission of grant applications is October 15th.

Questions? Contact Kent Yoshiwara        

Previous Grant Recipients


Fall 2022 Grant Application
Must be submitted to kyoshiwara@pacswim.org by May 1st.


Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Camp


The 2022 Pacific Swimming Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Camp will be held on Saturday, November 5th, in Richmond, CA. 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 will include:

  • Guest Speakers
  • 3 Swim Sessions
  • Team Building Activities
  • Leadership Development
  • Dryland Exercises
  • USA Swimming give-aways for everyone


More details to come.

Questions? Email Camp Director 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.

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