US Speedskating is recognized for diversity growth

Sept. 09, 2019, 5:09 p.m. (ET)

The United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee announced US Speedskating as the recipient of the Advancing D&I award that will be presented at the 2019 U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Assembly Awards Gala, Friday, Sept. 13 in Colorado Springs, Co.

US Speedskating received the Advancing D&I Award for its annual growth percentage of underrepresented individuals based on diversity data for women, and racial and ethnic minorities. US Speedskating led all National Governing Bodies with an 8.7 percent increase in membership for women and persons of color from 2017-18.

“We are honored to receive this award recognizing our efforts to increase diversity in speedskating,” said USS Executive Director Ted Morris. “Our organization is committed to creating a culture of inclusiveness where people from all backgrounds feel welcomed in our sport and community.”

Percentage increases were evaluated based on overall NGB numbers, which includes board members, employees, membership, national team athletes and coaches. Highlighting the diversity growth for US Speedskating was a 36 percent increase in women and nearly a 15 percent increase in people of color among its professional staff. Additionally, the organization experienced nearly 14 percent growth in national team athletes of color and a 20 percent increase in women’s national team coaches.

As the recipient of the 2019 USOPC Advancing D&I Award, the USOPC will grant US Speedskating $5,000.

“We hope this support will assist US Speedskating in continuing the great work it has done to serve our diverse communities and grow the sport,” said Kevin Pearson, USOPC Manager of Training & Development.