COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado, October 21. USA Swimming today announced that Shaun Anderson (Norfolk, Va.) and Ben Sheppard (Oakland, Calif.) will join the USA Swimming staff as Sport Diversity Consultants. Both Anderson and Sheppard have extensive experience in developing swimming in underserved communities and will continue those efforts in their new roles with USA Swimming.
"We are very excited to add Shaun and Ben to our team at USA Swimming," said Managing Director of Club Development Pat Hogan. "Not only do these guys have great hands-on experience in developing swimming programs in underserved communities, but their passion for expanding our sport into diverse communities is both compelling and contagious. I am very excited about our future diversity efforts."
Anderson and Sheppard will work with existing clubs to expand their diversity efforts while also seeking out and guiding potential new diverse clubs. They will work primarily at the club level, supporting athletes, coaches and clubs. They will also be responsible for the conduct of USA Swimming's annual Diversity Select Camp as well as organizing regional diversity camps and clinics.
Anderson is an assistant coach for Tidewater Aquatics Club and a faculty member in the Department of Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science at Norfolk State University. He will continue in both positions while taking on his new responsibilities with USA Swimming. Anderson also founded Diversity in Aquatics, a non-profit organization focused on assisting in the promotion and expansion of diversity within the aquatic community. Anderson earned a Bachelor of Science degree in kinesiology from Pennsylvania State University, where he was a two-sport athlete, competing in swimming and track and field. He has an MBA in Finance from California State University in Long Beach.
Sheppard will continue to serve as the Executive Director of the Oakland Undercurrent Swim Team. He is the founder of the Oakland Community Pools Project which works with local schools and government organizations to recruit participants, develop swimming programs and utilize city facilities. Sheppard previously worked with the USA Swimming Foundation and Make a Splash initiative while serving as a consultant to the New Orleans Recreation Department. Sheppard earned a Bachelor's degree in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of California, Berkeley.
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