USA Swimming Receives Between $1 Million and $2 Million in PPP Loans

USA Swimming received between $1 and $2 million as part of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), according to information released by the US Small Business Administration this week. Previous reports read that USA Swimming received $1.6 million.

Release of Information

Under pressure from Democrats, who sought more transparency for the stimulus program designed to help U.S. small businesses survive the coronavirus pandemic, the SBA released information this week for all organizations that received at least $150,000 in loans. The program has received some criticism, including accusations that banks have prioritized larger ‘small businesses’ over smaller ‘small businesses.’ There were also criticisms that large firms for whom the program was not intended, including investment firms that manage billions of dollars in assets, received loans.

The loans are actually made by banks and other financial institutions, but guaranteed by the federal government. Under the terms of the program, businesses may have their loans partially or completely forgiven if the company meet certain requirements, including not reducing payroll by more than 25%.

So far, the federal government has distributed PPP “loans” in the amount of $521,483,817,756 across almost 5 million loans. About two-thirds of the loans were under $50,000, with .1% of the loans accounting for more than $5 million.

The money is earmarked specifically for payroll expenses, benefits, and taxes on competition. Up to 40% of the loan may be used to cover mortgage interest, rent, and utilities.

Any loan amount that is not forgiven carries an interest rate of 1.0% and a two-year term. Most of the money is expected to be forgiven.

USA Swimming & Olympic Sports

Most of the national sports governing bodies under the guise of the United States Olympic Committee applied for, and received, PPP loans under the program.

Exact amounts of the loans are not listed, but ranges are given.

Aquatic Sports Federations:

  • USA Swimming – Between $1 million and $2 million
  • USA Water Polo – Between $350,000 and $1 million
  • USA Diving – Between $150,000 and $350,000
  • United States Masters Swimming – Between $150,000 and $350,000

USA Artistic Swimming is not listed in the report, though with total annual revenues of under $2 million, it is possible that they received less than $150,000 from the program.

In addition to USA Swimming, a number of pools, pool operators, swim schools, and USA Swimming clubs received large PPP loans

Teams that received PPP Loans:

Note: this list is not exhaustive, given the scope of the companies that received PPP loans.

Programs that received between $150,000 and $350,000:

  • Berkeley Aquatic Club, New Providence, New Jersey
  • Carmel Swim Club, Carmel, Indiana
  • Crawfish Aquatics, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Dad’s Club Aquatic Center, Houston, Texas
  • Excel Aquatics, Brentwood, Tennessee
  • Empire Swimming, White Plains, New York
  • First Colony Swim Team, Sugar Land, Texas
  • Fullerton Aquatics Sports Team (FAST), Fullerton, California
  • KATY Aquatic Team for Youth, Katy, Texas
  • Lakeside Aquatic Club, Flower Mound, Texas
  • Machine Aquatics, Vienna, Virginia
  • Mecklenburg Aquatic Club, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • New Trier Aquatics
  • Nitro Swimming Bee Cave, Austin, Texas
  • NOVA of Virginia Aquatics, Henrico, Virginia
  • Occoquan Swimming, Manassas, Virginia
  • Quicksilver Swimming, San Jose, California
  • Rochester Swim Club Orcas, Rochester, Minnesota
  • Waterloo Swimming, Austin, Texas

Programs that received between $350,000 and $1 million:

  • City of Midland Aquatics, Midland, Texas
  • De Anza Cupertino Aquatics, San Jose, California
  • Houston Swim Club, Houston, Texas
  • Imagine Swimming (Manhattan Makos), New York, New York
  • Nation’s Capital Swim Club (NCAP), Bethesda, Maryland
  • Santa Clara Swim Club, Santa Clara, California
  • SELA Aquatics, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • SwimAtlanta Aquatics, Atlanta, California
  • Irvine Novaquatics, Irvine, California

USA Swimming has already distributed $1.5 million in grants to member clubs to help them survive the coronavirus shutdown, while an application period for another $1.5 million opened earlier this month.

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6 months ago

I’m happy for the individual clubs that received the money. So with USA Swimming getting 1-2 million that must mean they are going to reduce fees for the swimmers, coaches and clubs that they’ve fleeced all these years to pay for lawyers, lawsuit settlements and California lobbyist??? The 1-2 million should be immediately given to the clubs in desperate need to pay coaches salaries, health insurance benefits and pool time.

Reply to  Guerra
6 months ago

No its all going for employee bonuses.

Reply to  Taa
6 months ago

That would be fraud… the approved uses for the funds were quite specific. And not just for the ability to have the loan forgiven, that is extra specific.

Reply to  PayPayPay
6 months ago

You are speaking of an organization with a recently uncovered sordid history. Not sure fraud would scare them.

6 months ago

Good job by the clubs who got the PPP funding. For those who didn’t their board of directors should be questioning their business managers and/or accountants why they missed this opportunity.

Reply to  PowerPlay
6 months ago

This is just a question… Did USA Swimming release information to clubs offering support and guidance in how to apply for these loans? There are many clubs that don’t have the resources of financial expertise to apply for the loans on their own.

Reply to  Guerra
6 months ago

They did include info to clubs about this, it was actually the main resource they referenced. The application didn’t require any accounting expertise to file, simple tax forms that all entities have to have access to. The main inhibitor was finding a bank actually supplying the loans. If your bank didn’t offer them, finding another that you didn’t have a standing account with already was next to impossible.

Reply to  Guerra
6 months ago

over 3M business figured out how to take advantage of the program. Any club who didn’t do it cannot blame a lack of resources or expertise.

Reply to  PowerPlay
6 months ago

You can still apply!!!!!! Try the website. Kabbage

Edit if PPP isn’t enough you can still get the disaster loans. There is no personal guarantee required on loans under 200k

Reply to  Taa
6 months ago

This is true, millions of dollars are still available in this program (PPP).

Disaster advance/loan processing has been incredibly slow and frankly quite unreliable. At least in my experience.

Reply to  PowerPlay
6 months ago

Or maybe praising them that they found a way to keep income going and paying their employees without feeding at the federal pig trough.

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