The Hydra Difference

"What Hydra is doing is the future of youth sports."  - Alan Ashley, Chief of Sport Performance for the US Olympic Committee

Hydra Swimming is an open and inclusive, year-round competitive swim team serving all youth in the Greater Cincinnati area with a focus on the whole swimmer.  

  • Hydra is committed to the whole athlete
  • Hydra is committed to elite performance and longevity of athletes
  • Hydra is committed to excellence

But - equally as important: Hydra is committed to making swimming accessible to any child with an interest.  

Today, the need for a new vision and approach to inclusive sports is great. Only 40 percent in kids between the ages 6-12 regularly played team sports in 2013, down from 44.5 percent in 2008, according to the Sports & Fitness Industry Association. The deficits continue through the middle school years. In schools serving low-income youth, only 1 in 4 students play sports.

This past Fall, Coach Leslie and Coach Maddie were invited to attend the 2017 Project Play Summit sponsored by the Aspen Institute. Over the past three years, the Project Play Summit has taken its place as the nation’s premier gathering for leaders at the intersection of youth, sports, and health. From Michelle Obama to Billie Jean King, grassroots innovators to foundation chiefs, media executives to policy wonks, the event has helped to take measure of, and push forward, the movement to build healthy communities through sports.  

We recommend the following articles to learn more about the status of youth sports in the US today and our approach to mentoring young athletes:

https://www.aspeninstitute.org/blog-posts/7-charts-show-fix-youth-sports/

https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2017/09/whats-lost-when-only-rich-kids-play-sports/541317/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/recruiting-insider/wp/2017/09/06/youth-sports-study-declining-participation-rising-costs-and-unqualified-coaches/?utm_term=.19bbc9b348b5

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mo6bv6DeDps&list=PL7fuyfNu8jfORqTTDhm5AciCwjH44NLyP&index=

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