By USA Swimming | Tuesday, February 19, 2019
USA Swimming, the national governing body for the sport of swimming in the U.S., and Phillips 66, an energy manufacturing and logistics company, today announced a multi-year partnership renewal. Phillips 66’s renewed commitment to USA Swimming and the USA Swimming Foundation marks the longest running partnership in sports’ national governing body history, with the 50-year anniversary coming in 2023.
“We are thrilled to have such an engaged partner continue to support our organization and our athletes, helping to shine a light on the importance of swimming safety for all children across the country,” USA Swimming President & CEO Tim Hinchey III said. “To reach such a milestone moment with a corporate partner speaks volumes about the strategic collaboration and the successes we have realized over the years. Together we will continue to look at ways of taking the sport to more communities around the country and educating as many young children and families about the important and life-saving skill of swimming.”
“Phillips 66 is proud to have enjoyed a long and storied partnership with USA Swimming,” said Sonya Reed, SVP HR & Corporate Communications. “Through the USA Swimming Foundation, we help provide low or no-cost swim lessons to one million children annually and we draw tremendous inspiration from Team USA’s athletes and their pursuit of excellence.”
Phillips 66 will continue as title sponsor of both the summer Phillips 66 National Championships and the USA Swimming Foundation’s Make a Splash Tour. The Tour will make its 50th stop across the country in 2019, annually bringing USA Swimming Foundation ambassadors, Olympic medalists and elite athletes to multiple cities to educate children, parents, communities and civic leaders on the importance of learning to swim.
Phillips 66 continues its support for the Foundation with a philanthropic donation to fund their mission of ‘Building Champions’ and ‘Saving Lives’, backing the U.S. National Team athletes and coaches as well as local Houston Make a Splash partners through the USA Swimming Foundation grant program.
The partnership also introduces new promotional elements, including ‘Team Phillips 66’ and ‘The Leadership Exchange’. Team Phillips 66 will be comprised of National Team athletes and coaches selected to support the partnership while further enhancing both organizations’ safety messages. The Leadership Exchange will enable top athletes and coaches to participate in mentorship and leadership exchange opportunities with Phillips 66 leaders in concert with “STEM in Action” technology sessions with Phillips 66 scientists and engineers.
Fans will also see the return of Phillips 66’s Hometown Media Center in the AquaZone at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Swimming. The space provides fans with a glimpse into the athlete’s experience and shares Hometown Hero athlete stories across the country.
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