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.
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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
- 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
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, email@example.com
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:
If you have additional questions, please contact Annie Stein
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.
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USA Swimming Diversity and Inclusion
For more information, please visit USA Swimming's Diversity and Inclusion & Disability pages