Howard Swim Coach Askew Explains USA Swimming’s HBCU Million-Dollar Grant

In the SwimSwam Podcast dive deeper into the sport you love with insider conversations about swimming. Hosted by Coleman HodgesGarrett McCaffrey, and Gold Medal Mel Stewart, SwimSwam welcomes both the biggest names in swimming that you already know, and rising stars that you need to get to know, as we break down the past, present, and future of aquatic sports.

USA Swimming has had a challenge to overcome for generations. Our sport’s registration does not reflect the current makeup of the United States. Only 1% identify as black and only 6% identify as mixed-race. For USA Swimming to continue to grow and be successful as an national governing body, they must invest in big ideas, moonshot ideas, to chart a successful course into the future.  December 14th 2021 USA Swimming announced their grant program focused on creating a 10-year, $1 million initiative to develop learn-to-swim and competitive opportunities in communities served by Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).  In this SwimSwam podcast Howard University Head Swimming Coach (and tennis coach) Nicholas Askew and USA Swimming Managing Director of Sport Development Joel Shinofield breakdown the grant and its potential impact.


Music: Otis McDonald

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About Gold Medal Mel Stewart

Gold Medal Mel Stewart

MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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