AMERICAN SERVICEMEMBERS AMATEUR SPORTS INC

Fit For Duty, Fit For Life

aka US Military Endurance Sports   |   Boulder, CO   |  https://usmes.org

Mission

The mission of USMES is to promote endurance sports as part of a healthy lifestyle to active and Veteran members of America's Uniformed Services.

Ruling year info

2011

Chairman of the Board

William Reynolds

Executive Director

Mandy Midgett

Main address

PO Box 657

Boulder, CO 80306 USA

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EIN

27-3211191

NTEE code info

Amateur Sports Clubs, Leagues, N.E.C. (N60)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

US Military Endurance Sports strives to promote endurance sports as part of a healthy lifestyle to active and Veteran members of America’s Uniformed Services. Our cycling, triathlon, running, adventure racing and adaptive programs are designed to support amateur athletes of all abilities, including special programs for wounded veteran and adaptive athletes. We aim to provide benefits to our members based on 3 primary categories: deals & discounts negotiated via partnerships, community / team environment, and education / coaching / mentorship.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Elite Programs

USMES supports an Elite Sponsored Athlete Program for cyclists, triathletes, runners, female cyclists, mountain bike/track cycling, and adaptive/para cyclist athletes. The focus of the elite programs is to support top amateur athlete development.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Military personnel

USMES supports a robust club program for cyclists, triathletes, runners, adventure racers and wounded veteran/adaptive athletes. This year-round club program is open to all abilities and is focused on helping athletes set and meet goals, improve health, fitness, and resiliency. Club athletes are supported by their team managers (Cycling, Triathlon, Running, Adventure Racing, and Wounded Veteran/Adaptive) and through our geographically based Regional Coordinators (RCs).

Population(s) Served
Military personnel
Veterans

The Wounded Veteran and Adaptive athletes in USMES can be either Elite or Club athletes. Within the Club Program, USMES provides additional support to wounded veteran athletes that may have specific equipment / logistical needs and/or mentorship and coaching requirements. In 2015, USMES will host four skill development camps for wounded veteran cyclists in San Diego, Tucson, Washington DC, and Colorado Springs (space is limited). Additionally, wounded veteran members interested in learning more about the USMES Elite Para/Adaptive Sponsored Athlete Program, official classification, and event participation can receive assistance from the team manager.

Population(s) Served
Military personnel
Veterans

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of lives impacted

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Families, Military personnel, Veterans

Related Program

Club Programs

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of lives impacted through joining the organization

Amount used in direct member support

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Families, Military personnel, Veterans

Related Program

Club Programs

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Amount of dollars spent directly to the benefit of organization members

Number of endurance events participated in

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Families, Military personnel, Veterans

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Endurance events include the sports of running, cycling, triathlon, swimming, and adventure racing.

Hours of endurance sports training

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Families, Military personnel, Veterans

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Hours our members have spent training in cycling, running, triathlon, adventure racing, and swimming.

Amount of weight lost

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Families, Military personnel, Veterans

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Amount of weight lost by members by combining smarter nutrition choices with endurance sports exercise

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The mission of US Military Endurance Sports is to promote endurance sports as part of a healthy lifestyle to active and Veteran members of America’s Uniformed Services. Our cycling, triathlon, running, and adventure racing programs are designed to support amateur athletes of all abilities, including special programs for wounded veteran and adaptive athletes. We aim to provide benefits to our members based on 3 primary categories: deals & discounts negotiated via partnerships, community / team environment, and education / coaching / mentorship.

USMES provides athletes incredible opportunities including camps, clinics, focus events, team competitions, and non-competitive gatherings. USMES membership is regionally based and depending on a member's location, he or she will be part of one of our 16 regions. Each region has a coordinator that identifies focus events in that region and is every member's first line of leadership for questions, support, and mentorship. USMES also has a staff that manages its Membership Buying Program, Camps, Elite Programs, and Club Membership.

USMES offers members a unique mentoring program helping athletes, regardless of ability, by offering discounted coaching, skill development opportunities, and a growing library of education materials supporting beginner and intermediate athletes. Additionally, USMES lowers the cost of athlete participation improving access to competitions and development opportunities through discounts on competition gear, targeted race reimbursement, and limited athlete competition grants.

What began in 2009 as an 11-member elite cycling program has grown into a thriving multi-sport recreational, club, development, and elite athletic program. USMES now has over 700 active members and has expanded from cycling to now include triathlon, running, adaptive, and adventure racing programs. The growth rate has created the need to expand from 8 regions in 2014 to 16 regions in 2015. USMES is currently represented in 42 states and 4 foreign countries, with steady growth in all regions.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Military veterans, retirees, and active duty servicemembers.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Community meetings/Town halls,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Direct intent to diversify athletes selected for teams, and highlights within community involvement and ambassadorship.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Balance of teams and promoting ownership in projects, programs, and events.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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AMERICAN SERVICEMEMBERS AMATEUR SPORTS INC

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

William Reynolds

Wayne Dowd

Jeffrey Lesser

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/22/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Male
Disability status
Person with a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/22/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.