March 2022

USA Swimming Expands Community Impact Grants

The Community Impact grant program was introduced by USA Swimming and the USA Swimming Foundation in 2020, with an inaugural class of 12 recipients each receiving $5,000. Building on the success of the program, the USA Swimming Foundation announced that it will support an additional nine $5,000 grants to provide programming to underserved communities, support diverse coaches and create more competitive opportunities within USA Swimming clubs.

Aspen Institute Report Shows How High Schools Can Develop More Students Through Sports

High school sports can help address students' health and educational needs, but there are ways to reach more students, says Aspen Institute. The nonprofit contends that the traditional model should be updated to serve more students through community partnerships, intramurals, student-led clubs and other innovations that supplement the standard menu of interscholastic teams.

Folks in Alabama, New York Walk Their Dogs the Most

It's not just people who need exercise. Our furry friends are also much healthier—physically and mentally—when they get their daily dose. And a walk is one of the most effective ways to keep our pups—and ourselves—physically active, crucial considering that more than one-third of our dogs (36%) gained weight during the pandemic.

New Program Supports Equity-Focused Outdoor Projects

The National Park Foundation announced the official launch of ParkVentures, which supports programs and activities that help people create and strengthen lifelong relationships with national parks. The program’s focus is on communities that have historically been excluded from parks and may not feel a sense of belonging in the outdoors.