United States Deaf Swimming Inc

A nonprofit organization

$19,453 raised by 125 donors

14% complete

$140,000 Goal

We are preparing Team USA for the 24th World Summer Deaflympics held 1-15 May 2022 and hosted by Brazil in Caxias do Sul.  We've selected 17 deaf swimmers to represent the USA in these world games for the deaf.  We rely on your support to help us bring home the gold!

USA Deaf Swimming supports swimming among the deaf community and forms America's Deaf Swim Team to represent the United States at international competitions like the Deaflympics and World Deaf Swimming Championships.  We have an inspiring team of talented deaf athletes with a dream that you can help make come true.  We are dependent upon donations from individuals and organization sponsors to enable us to represent the USA in international competitions and support swimming among the deaf community.

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! 

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:

The USA Withdrew from Competition: 1st World Deaf Short Course Swimming Championships in Poland on 15-20 November 2021. The USA was not represented in this 1st ever short course Deaf World Championship because we were unable to generate enough financial support for a team.

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.

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