OMAHA, Nebraska — USA Swimming has plenty of star power, but there is one thing the team admits is missing: diversity. To combat that, the governing body of the sport created a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council in September 2020. The sport hopes to encourage more diversity in the sport by finding a fitting new home for the star of the Olympic Trials in Omaha: the pool itself.
The racial divide when it comes to swimming in the United States is deep. 70% of Black Americans don’t know how to swim. In households where neither parent knows how to swim, only 19% of their children will learn – perpetuating the problem.
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