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.


The Sports family corner podcast

Chief executive officer at Agape Tennis Academy, Amy Pazahanick spends time talking with David.

She shares her vision for reaching kids of all levels and backgrounds through the opportunities of tennis. Her passion to put life lessons ahead of just learning skills falls right in line with everything Growing Champions for Life promotes.

Listen here

Expert interview: Dr. Rick Jensen, Sport Psychologist and author of Drive to the Top

Dr. Jensen reveals the most common traps and best solutions for dealing with athletic fears, concentration issues, and parental performance pressures.

Link to listen

APRIL webinar registration

Teach Your Child the Best-Kept Secret of Self-Confidence

Thursday, April 16, 2020 - 9pm ET, 8pm CT, 7pm MT, 6pm PT


Join us as we tackle the practical aspects of helping your child overcome the confidence issues that affect performance. Learn how to pass along the keys to managing personal confidence in sports, school, and with friends.

  • How to overcome your child's mental "roadblocks" to success
  • How you may be accidentally undermining your child's self-confidence 
  • How to improve what your child believe about themselves

David will connect the key life skills of the lesson with winning on the field, and in life. The Power Point materials are loaded with practical information worth saving for future reference.