Co-Chairs: Tallara and Bronwen Tuck
Like most sports organizations, USC survives on the fundraising commitments made by the families of the swimmers. USC fees are amongst the lowest in Ontario due to the great efforts put forth by everyone to raise the necessary funds in other ways.
USC philosophy in this area has developed as follows:
The major single fundraising event is our Swim-a-thon held in March. The swimmers are required to find sponsors who will sponsor money 'per lap swum' by the participant. A small portion of the funds raised is needed for USC to pay their Canadian Swim Association dues which are levied per swimmer registered. Tax receipts are issued for donations of $10 and over. Swim-a-thon is a 100% fundraising campaign - all money raised is credited to the swimmer's fundraising commitment. An important value that underlines the spirit of USC is that "no swimmer will be denied the opportunity to compete to their potential because of their inability to pay". When a qualifying swimmer reaches a certain skill level, s/he will begin competing in provincial, national and international swim meets. With air fare, hotel and meals, this becomes expensive. USC, however, pays a portion of these costs on behalf of each USC swimmer. Again the funding for this portion comes from fundraising efforts.
To encourage each family's participation in fundraising, and to keep USC fees low, each family has a fundraising commitment that must extend over the season. If it is not met, then the equivalent money is owed to USC. Once it is met, however, 75% of any excess over the commitment may be applied against the swimmers' future entry fees, travel costs or registration fees. This is a great way to keep your costs down - especially when you have multiple swimmers.
When you are called upon to give a little time, please remember how important your help is. Being involved is also a lot of fun!