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We have an inspiring team of talented deaf athletes with a dream that you can help make come true. The USA Deaf Swimming (USADS) national team competes internationally at World Deaf Swimming Championships and the Deaflympics. We are dependent upon donations from individuals and organization sponsors to enable us to represent the USA in international events.
Our swimmers come from all over the United States and range in age from 14 to 26. They are all members of USA-Swimming, USADS, and the USA Deaf Sports Federation (USADSF). The USADSF, although an affiliate of the US Olympic Committee (USOC), is not a USOC-funded entity. Able-bodied and Paralympics national team athletes receive training and travel funds, but Deaf swimmers do not. For that reason, Team USA must raise ~$120,000 per competition; $6,000 per athlete for training, travel and accommodation expenses for international competition. We depend upon YOUR SUPPORT!
We are preparing Team USA for the 1st World Deaf Short Course Swimming Championships in Poland on 15-20 November 2021. It is important that the USA be represented in this 1st ever short course World Championship. We are also preparing Team USA for the 2021 Summer Deaflympics which was postponed until 1-15 May 2022. Brazil is hosting the Deaflympics in Caxias do Sul, Brazil.
The Summer Deaflympics are among the world's fastest growing sporting events. More than 2,500 Deaf athletes and officials from 77 nations participated in the Summer Deaflympics in Samsun, Turkey (2017) and Sofia, Bulgaria (2013). The Games are built over 90 years of tradition. Organized since 1924 by the Comité International des Sports des Sourds (The International Committee of Sports for the Deaf), The first Summer Deaflympics was held in Paris, France. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) sanctions the Summer Deaflympics.
Team USA's accomplishments include:
2019 World Deaf Swimming Championships in Sao Paulo, Brazil, August 25-31st, 2019 where 30 countries were represented. During six days of competition our US team of 13 athletes (9 women and 5 men) brought home 6 Silver and 3 Bronze medals; placing us 5th in the medal count behind Russia, Ukraine, Japan, and Poland.
23rd Summer Deaflympics in Samsun, Turkey on July 18-30, 2017, where the team brought home 8 medals, several world records, and several national records.
USADS had the honor of hosting the 4th World Championships, held in San Antonio, TX from August 17-22, 2015. Team USA was represented by 11 men & 10 women. Overall Team USA came in second to the team from Russia. Multiple medalist and record breaker Marcus Titus lead the charge for Team USA. The team achieved 2 World, 4 Championship, and 6 American Records and brought home 13 medals - 7 Gold, 1 Silver, and 5 Bronze.