USA Triathlon will collaborate with the Jewish Community Centers Association to develop and enhance youth multisport programming across the United States in 2018.
The JCC Association is one of 38 Multi-Sport Organizations recognized by the US Olympic Committee. These community-based organizations partner with the USOC and its member National Governing Bodies, including USA Triathlon, to develop a national interest in sport and increase opportunities for participation and competition internationally, nationally and at the grassroots level.
JCC chapters have been participating in USA Triathlon youth programming for several years – including the Tucson, Arizona, chapter hosting a stop on the USA Triathlon Youth Splash & Dash Aquathlon Series in 2017.
“USA Triathlon and the JCC Association have been working for several years to identify ways to support youth in triathlon and build more opportunities at the grassroots level,” said Meg Duncan, Youth Program Manager at USA Triathlon. “We look forward to expanding our relationship with JCCs across the country as they host camps, clinics and races to introduce more kids to the multisport lifestyle. The traditional JCC setup is ideal for youth triathlons, with pool facilities as well as summer camps for extended skill-building.”
“By collaborating with USA Triathlon, JCCs have an exciting new opportunity to introduce youth in their communities to healthier, more active lifestyles,” said Steve Becker, Director of Corporate Partnerships at the JCC Association. “The Youth Splash & Dash Series, with the USA Triathlon name behind it, is a terrific way to attract young athletes to the JCC with a program that focuses on participation and sportsmanship, and helps build a love for this challenging and rewarding sport.”
In addition, eight JCC organizations have applied for, and six have received, the USA Triathlon Youth Stipend, offered for the first time in January 2017 to support new and existing youth triathlon programs with a goal of increasing participation. Applicants can apply for a stipend of up to US$2,000; applications are accepted on a rolling basis at usatriathlon.org/youth.
One previous stipend recipient, the Marcus JCC of Atlanta in Dunwoody, Georgia, is using USA Triathlon funding to help subsidize a triathlon program manager as part of its popular Camp Barney Medintz summer camp.
“Camp Barney Medintz is honoured to receive USA Triathlon’s Youth Stipend,” said Michael Drucker, Operations Director at Camp Barney Medintz. “The funding will enable us to hire more qualified staff and enhance our current triathlon program. Through improved instruction, more campers will participate in our triathlon program and learn that they can accomplish anything through hard work.
“We appreciate all of the work that Meg Duncan and USA Triathlon have done to develop an engaging curriculum, and we look forward to a long and mutually beneficial partnership.”
USA Triathlon is working to form additional partnerships with other USOC-recognized Multi-Sport Organizations across the US to support youth initiatives.