The United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee has given its annual Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Choice Award to USA Triathlon’s Together, We Thrive initiative, the third time the national governing body has been honored for its diversity and inclusion efforts since 2017.
Launched in August 2020, USA Triathlon’s initiative is centered around four principles: Inclusivity Starts with Us, A Community Focus, Accessibility & Impact, and Representation Matters. The initiative involved the formation of a Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access Advisory Council, consistent messaging to all constituents, the launch of the Sport is a Human Right campaign, roundtable discussions, accessible grassroots programs to grow the sport, scholarship opportunities and on-site activations at USA Triathlon National Championship events.
“At USA Triathlon, we are dedicated to combating discrimination, challenging inequalities and championing social justice in the multisport community and throughout the endurance sports industry,” said Megan Ritch, USA Triathlon Manager of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access. “Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access is a guiding principle in USA Triathlon’s Strategic Plan, and through our Together, We Thrive initiative, we have reached hundreds of thousands of athletes, coaches, club leaders and race directors through on-site activations at our National Championships, our inaugural Actions for Change Summit and consistent communication and promotion across all our digital channels. This is just the beginning as we continue to build a future for the sport that all people can see themselves being a part of.”
Awarded since 2015, the award recognizes a national governing body or high-performance management organization for the creation of a single diversity, equity and inclusion best practice or a series of diversity, equity and inclusion best practices. USA Triathlon also earned the award in 2018 and 2019.
USA Triathlon’s second annual Together, We Thrive: Actions for Change Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access Summit is scheduled for November 5-7.