COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — USA Triathlon today announced an alliance with the Boy Scouts of America, with the aim of promoting healthy, active lifestyles through the organization’s Splash & Dash Youth Aquathlon Series.
Fifty swim-run events from across the United States comprise the third annual Splash & Dash Youth Aquathlon Series, which runs from March through November 2014. Open to young athletes between the ages 7-15, the series focuses on participation and having fun rather than competition, and many of the events are not timed.
As an official series associate in 2014-15, Boy Scouts of America (BSA) will communicate series events to corresponding BSA Local Councils and encourage participation to improve the health and well-being of the nation’s youth population. BSA will also develop a co-branded “SCOUTStrong® Fit · Fuel · Fun” patch to be distributed to all series participants. The USA Triathlon Splash-and-Dash-in-a-box program, which outlines how to host a youth aquathlon, may also be distributed to BSA Local Councils for use in summer youth camps.
“The USA Triathlon Splash & Dash Youth Aquathlon Series has proven to be a wonderful way to introduce youth to multisport activities while promoting a fun, healthy lifestyle. We are proud to team up with Boy Scouts of America to continue growing youth participation,” said Rob Urbach, USA Triathlon CEO. “This will allow for greater awareness of the opportunities in our sport and we look forward to providing children with skills they need to participate for years to come. I know our youth athletes will be very proud of earning their patch.”
“In Scouting, youth aspire to keep themselves physically strong, and we provide many ways for young people to do that. Our work with the Splash & Dash Youth Aquathlon Series events offers a great opportunity for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturers to live out that aspiration,” said Wayne Brock, BSA Chief Scout Executive. “We look forward to seeing our young people participate in these fun, challenging and inspiring events.”
Visit usatriathlon.org/splashanddash for more information.
About Boy Scouts of America The Boy Scouts of America provides the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training, which helps young people be “Prepared. For Life.®” The Scouting organization is composed of approximately 2.5 million youth members between the ages of 7 and 21 and nearly a million volunteers in local councils throughout the United States and its territories. For more information on the Boy Scouts of America, please visit scouting.org.
About USA Triathlon Founded in 1982, USA Triathlon is proud to serve as the National Governing Body for triathlon – the fastest growing sport in the U.S. Olympic Movement – as well as duathlon, aquathlon, aquabike, winter triathlon, off-road triathlon and paratriathlon in the United States. USA Triathlon sanctions more than 4,300 races and connects with more than 550,000 members each year, making it the largest multisport organization in the world. In addition to its work with athletes, coaches and race directors on the grassroots level, USA Triathlon provides leadership and support to elite athletes competing at international events, including International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Championships, Pan American Games and the Olympic and Paralympic Games. USA Triathlon is a proud member of the ITU and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).