USA Triathlon today announced a new partnership with the USA Swimming Foundation in order to promote the importance of water safety and learning to swim through the organization's Splash & Dash Youth Aquathlon Series.
Fifty swim-run events from across the United States comprise the third annual Splash & Dash Youth Aquathlon Series, which runs from March through November 2014. Open to young athletes between the ages 7-15, the series focuses on participation and having fun rather than competition, and many of the events are not timed.
The USA Swimming Foundation's Make a Splash initiative promotes the importance of learn-to-swim and water safety to families and children across America. The partnership allows USA Triathlon to become a member of the USA Swimming Foundation's Affiliate Coalition, and age-appropriate water safety and learn-to-swim materials will be distributed to series participants. Additionally, pre-event clinics will focus on basic water safety and strengthening skills in all bodies of water to prepare participants for all potential triathlon environments.
"We are proud to partner with the USA Swimming Foundation to provide the best educational opportunities possible to our youth members," said Rob Urbach, USA Triathlon CEO. "Swimming is the barrier to entry in our sport and this partnership will enable significantly more youth to engage in multisport and reap the benefits of the lifestyle."
"The USA Swimming Foundation is pleased to partner with USA Triathlon and their Splash and Dash Youth Aquathlon Series to promote the Make a Splash initiative," said USA Swimming Foundation Executive Director Debbie Hesse. "The addition of USA Triathlon to our Affiliate Coalition positively impacts kids across the nation, saving lives through our joint message of learn-to-swim."
Visit usatriathlon.org/splashanddash for more information on the series.
About the USA Swimming Foundation: The USA Swimming Foundation's Make a Splash initiative is a national child-focused water safety campaign, which aims to provide the opportunity for every child in America to learn to swim. Through Make a Splash, the USA Swimming Foundation partners with learn-to-swim providers and water safety advocates across the country to provide swimming lessons and educate children and their families on the importance of learning how to swim. The USA Swimming Foundation has invested millions of dollars to provide grants to qualified Local Partner learn-to-swim programs, to spread national awareness, and to bring together strategic partners to end drowning. To date, more than 2 million children have received the lifesaving gift of swim lessons through the USA Swimming Foundation Make a Splash Local Partner network, comprised of more than 600 qualified lesson providers across the nation. To learn more, visit makeasplash.org.
About USA Triathlon: Founded in 1982, USA Triathlon is proud to serve as the National Governing Body for triathlon - the fastest growing sport in the U.S. Olympic Movement - as well as duathlon, aquathlon, aquabike, winter triathlon, off-road triathlon and paratriathlon in the United States. USA Triathlon sanctions more than 4,300 races and connects with more than 550,000 members each year, making it the largest multisport organization in the world. In addition to its work with athletes, coaches and race directors on the grassroots level, USA Triathlon provides leadership and support to elite athletes competing at international events, including International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Championships, Pan American Games and the Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games. USA Triathlon is a proud member of the ITU and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).