In an effort to develop new minority role models, USA
Swimming is choosing teenage athletes from various ethnic
groups for its upcoming Diversity Select Camp.
The three-day camp aims to create opportunities for
outstanding athletes from different backgrounds. Thirty
boys and girls will be selected, and USA Swimming will pay
all expenses. The camp will be held April 27-30 at the U.S.
Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.
?This program is the beginning of a long-term
and concerted effort to address obstacles that historically
have made it difficult for children from diverse
backgrounds to get involved and stay with the sport of
swimming,? said Pat Hogan, USA Swimming?s
club development director.
Athletes must be between 13 to 18 and represent a
minority group that is less than 20 percent of the current
USA Swimming membership. Those groups include Native
American, African-American, Hispanic or Latino, and Asian
or Pacific Islander, which each currently represent less
than 2 percent of membership. They also must meet
qualifying time standards.
The camp includes training, motivational and education
sessions, and team building. The multicultural staff
consists of a head coach, two assistant coaches, a manager,
and a national team athlete. Each athlete?s
personal coach will also have access to an educational