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.


Positive parent video & assignment

Class On Court

Class On Court PDF

October webinar registration

Give Your Child Courage for Change

Thursday, October 17, 2019- 9pm ET, 8pm CT, 7pm MT, 6pm PT


As parents, we often expect our children to handle change with the same confidence and poise of an adult. We might be expecting too much! The uncertainty of changes in the status quo can be very unsettling to children unless we teach them how to handle the emotions and the phases of personal and situational change in their lives. This webinar will teach you some strategies for giving your child the courage to face change more effectively.

You will learn:

  • The three requirements for making a change
  • Why your child might resist any change
  • How to explain the phases of change
  • How to get your child’s buy-in for necessary change

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.

Winning Connections Newsletter

October 2019 Winning Connections Newsletter

Expert Interview: David Benzel- From chump to champ

Link to listen