The U.S. Olympic Committee released “scorecards” this week tracking the inclusion of women and racial minorities, and the numbers suggest USA Swimming, like the USOC and most of its individual sport federations, is lagging behind established benchmarks.
The “benchmarks” are set by the USOC based on a combination of data from the U.S. Census, the NCAA and the specific sport federation, in this case, USA Swimming.
The USOC scorecard for the year 2015 says USA Swimming only achieved about 51% of benchmarks for people of color, about 78% for women and about 25% for people with disabilities.
On the flip side, the organization more than matched its benchmark for military veterans – as listed on the scorecard, all 37 of USA Swimming’s Board of Directors in 2015 were military veterans.
You can view the full scorecard for USA Swimming here.
The scorecard tracks each federation at a multitude of levels, including:
- Board of Directors
- Executive Committee
- Standing Committees
- Professional Staff
- National Team athletes
- National Team coaches
- Developmental National Team athletes
- Developmental National Team coaches
- Developmental National Team staff
- Part-time employees/interns
Most notably, USA Swimming showed no people of color on its Board of Directors or Executive Committee and only low percentages of women in both leadership groups.
USA Swimming’s Executive Director Chuck Wielgus said the organization is committed to improving its diversity moving forward:
“One of things I love about the sport of swimming and our organization is how welcoming and inclusive we are. We live by that principle and operate every day with a mindset of how we can be even more diverse among our athletes, coaches, volunteers and staff so we can have a range of views to best serve our membership,” said USA Swimming Executive Director Chuck Wielgus. “We’ve come a long way and we’re committed to doing even more to make the experience even better for our current members and those who are looking to join team swimming.”
According to the Associated Press, USA Swimming wasn’t the only USOC federation to lag behind benchmarks. USA Gymnastics was similarly behind in minority hiring, though it was ahead of benchmarks for women. You can find reports from all sports going back to 2013 here.