Growing Champions for Life

Since 2013 USA Swimming has partnered with David Benzel and Growing Champions for Life, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the youth sport experience, to provide resources and guidance to help parents support their swimmers. 

Growing Champions for Life nurtures the bond between parents and their children by providing them with positive and practical strategies for playing their role as sport parent effectively through the gift of unconditional love and the pursuit of personal excellence. Each month a new inspirational video, educational webinar, informative newsletter, interview and article are posted to support families on their journey through youth sports.


august webinar registration

5 Powerful Strategies for Sports Parent Success

Thursday, August 22, 2019- 9pm ET, 8pm CT, 7pm MT, 6pm PT


Athletes and coaches are soaking up strategies for success every day. Unfortunately, parents seldom find concise answers to their questions and dilemmas. This webinar will teach you five specific strategies that will transform your approach to sports, and drastically improve your relationship with your child.

You will learn how to:
  • Win the biggest game of all
  • Make it safe to share
  • Provide inspiration, not motivation
  • Show acceptance, rather than judgment
  • Display supportive behavior
David will connect the key life skills of the lesson with winning on the field, and in life.


Develop the Leader Within Your Child

Expert Interview: kevin sutton, basketball coach

Coach Sutton has 26 years of coaching experience. During those years he has been a college assistant five years at James Madison University, Old Dominion University, George Washington University and Georgetown. In addition, Sutton coached at five nationally ranked high school programs, including Montverde Academy. Sutton was selected to coach for USA Basketball on three different occasions. Sutton has amassed an overall coaching record of 475-115.

Link to listen.