Safe Sport Athlete Fellowship

The Safe Sport Athlete Fellowship is accepting applications through 10/28. The Fellowship is a year-long leadership development program for 4 selected high school-aged athletes who wish to gain leadership skills, be more involved in the Safe Sport movement, and become a liaison between USA Swimming national headquarters and local swim clubs. During the year, athletes are tasked with creating and launching a project to spread the message of Safe Sport (positive eam cultures, anti-bullying, active bystander) within their swim club, as well as other clubs in their LSC. This year’s fellows have done a variety of things, including a video campaign, a themed relay meet, a reward program, and an athlete committee.

There is a travel component to the Fellowship, and the 2017 class will kick off in Denver in January. By the end of the year, fellows will have worked through a leadership development curriculum, independently launched a project, and been embedded in USA Swimming in a unique way. Fellows will have a deep understanding of Safe Sport and be active advocates of the program in their home clubs and LSCs.

The announcement for the 2017 class is attached, and more information, as well as the application, can be found at

This is a great program for highly motivated athletes who wish to develop leadership skills. Please pass along the information to coaches and athletes in your LSCs and encourage athletes to apply!

Please reach out with questions. Thank you!

Maggie Vail, MSW | Safe Sport Education Specialist | (719) 866-3552 | (719) 244-0530 | @SwimSafeSport