Council Chair(s): John YearwoodCreator: Jayson JacksonPurpose: To connect individuals and groups who currently participate or are interested in competitive swimming.To share "best practices," especially as they relate to efforts to provide access to groups traditionally underrepresented in the sport.For anyone interested in information, tips, resources, questions, and/or curiosity…See More
Competitive Swimming, Recreational Swimming, Lifeguarding, Swim Lessons, Drowning Research
Administrative, Competitive Coach, Instructor, Research
Aquatic Membership Affiliation(s):
American Red Cross, USA Swimming, Other Aquatic Association, Drowning Prevention Association
More about me:
Dane started the Metro Parks Tacoma swim program as a volunteer coach with only four athletes. Currently the program includes ten unique programs supporting 420 marginalized youth, 40% of whom qualify for free/reduced lunch. Dane's manages a staff of 32 employees, including 24 female, 21 People of Color, and multiple “out” members of the LGBTQ+ community. Dane has authored twenty community initiatives; five of which have fully launched and eleven currently in progress. In 2018, Metro Parks was awarded a national grant for creating a no-experience swim team targeting sheltered and homeless youth.
As the Diversity & Inclusion Chair for the Pacific Northwest LSC, Dane has overseen the development and implementation of several diversity and inclusion initiatives, including three nation-leading programs: LGBTQ+ Show-Your-Pride Campaign, Inclusive Education Program, and Economic Inclusion. Dane has also made Pacific Northwest the first LSC to bring athletes with disabilities under the D&I umbrella.