MARYLAND SWIMMING

DIVERSITY, EQUITY, & INCLUSION

Congratulations, Marvin Thorpe II, winner of 2020 USA Swimming DEI Award!!

MDSI Approved an Annual MDSI DEI Award!!

Para Swimmer Competing

VIRTUAL CLINIC: Coaching the Para Swimmer

Hosted by U.S. Paralympics Swimming

Online Event SIGN-UP All registrants will receive a presentation link on November 21.

Join us for a virtual clinic on coaching the Para swimmer November 22, 2020 starting at 7:00pm EST. This clinic will be presented virtually via Zoom.

Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month Sept. 15th - October 15th

National Hispanic Heritage Month began as a week in 1968 to celebrate the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries. Over time it expanded to a month-long celebration to honor the culture and recognize the contributions made by those whose ancestors came from Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, South America and Spain.

In competitive swimming, we use this month to honor our current Hispanic/LatinX swimmers and seek ways to make the sport more welcoming and inclusive. We also acknowledge the high danger from drowning among these children and look for ways to overcome access and cultural barriers that keep them from learning to swim. From USA Swimming:

Cullen Jones

Watch Cullen Jones Teach His Mom to Swim

Cullen Jones was the first U.S. Black swimmer to hold a world record. After he almost drowned, his mother enrolled him in swim lessons. His talent was quickly realized as he went on to swim competitively at local swim clubs in New Jersey and at NC State. In total, Cullen has won 13 medals in international competition including 7 gold medals. He supports the USA Swimming Foundation and has helped teach local MD kids to swim. Cullen Jones exemplifies why #blackswimmersmatter.

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MD Swimming Coaches Committee

Watch the July 11th video of the Jim Ellis virtual clinic. Coach Ellis and our coaches discuss the importance of diversity and inclusion among coaches and clubs and how coaches can become advocates for social justice.


Our Pledge

USA Swimming and MD Swimming are committed to a culture of inclusion and equal opportunity for people of diverse backgrounds, including, but not limited to, race, age, income, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender expression and sexual orientation.

Discrimination is a violation of the Amateur Sports Act which requires that USA Swimming must provide an equal opportunity to athletes, coaches, trainers, managers, administrators, and officials to participate in the sport of swimming.

Athletes must be allowed to participate and compete to the fullest extent allowed by the Rules and Regulations. Discrimination against any member or participant on the basis of age, gender, race, ethnicity, culture, religion, sexual orientation, gender expression, genetics, mental of physical disability, or any other status protected by federal, state, or local law, where applicable, is prohibited.

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