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SOUTHWEST SPORTS WELLNESS FOUNDATION

Improving Access to Healthcare Services for Student Athletes

aka SWSWF   |   Chula Vista, CA   |  www.swswf.org

Mission

Southwest Sports Wellness Foundation was established in 2010 to fulfill a need in the underserved areas of the San Diego community by underwriting high school sports screening assessments, supporting free high school injury clinics, educating physicians, physical therapists, and certified athletic trainers, and by providing scholarships for students with an interest in sports medicine and healthcare.

Ruling year info

2012

Fouder and President

Dr. Charles Camarata MD

Main address

955 Lane Avenue Suite 201

Chula Vista, CA 91914 USA

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EIN

27-3809531

NTEE code info

Public Health Program (E70)

Sports Training Facilities (N40)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Improving Access to Healthcare Services for Student-Athletes. SWSWF has direct access to uninsured or under-insured students and athletes in the San Diego community. These students come from some of the most under-served areas of San Diego county. Approximately 87 percent of students belong to an ethnic minority group and over 40 percent of students qualify for the free or reduced lunch program, including a large population of Military children, uninsured and under-insured students and families that fall below the poverty level.

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?

Pre-Participation Sports Screening Assessments

The annual pre-participation sports screening assessments/exams (PPE) are offered to every athlete in the Sweetwater Union High School District at a low cost. All student athletes are required to have a physical exam before they can participate in sports or co-curricular activities each school year. Since 2012 SWSWF has screened over 5000 student athletes.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Economically disadvantaged people

The Southwest Sports Wellness Foundation hosted two high school sports medicine seminars (HSSMS) to train in injury prevention to Sweetwater Union High School students enrolled in the Career Technical Education (CTE) Sports Medicine Medical Pathways courses.

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS MEDICINE SEMINARS GOALS

Purpose: The HSSMS is dedicated to introducing the field of sports medicine to high school students by teaching the students in a fun environment, including lectures by sports medicine professionals, and participating in real-life lab scenarios.

Education: The HSSMS will include presentations and training by local physicians, certified athletic trainers, physical therapists, and medical experts who will discuss sports-related injuries, issues, and treatment. Students will have the opportunity to participate in lab scenarios designed and overseen by nationally recognized Certified Athletic Trainers and medical staff.

Audience: All SUHSD CTE Medical Pathways Sports Medicine high school students, teachers, and athletic trainers are invited to participate.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Economically disadvantaged people

The purpose of the no-cost Sports Injury Clinics (SICSs) is to provide multiple locations in the community where all Sweetwater Union High School District athletes can access healthcare quickly to obtain an initial evaluation of their injury. An assessment will be performed by a sports medicine physician at no charge.

The Sports Injury Clinics are underwritten and financed by SWSWF. The Southwest Sports Wellness Foundation (SWSWF) was established in 2010 to fill a need in the under-served areas of the San Diego community by underwriting high school sports screenings, assessments, and evaluations.

These various programs provide free high school sports injury clinics, access to educating physicians, physical therapists, and certified athletic trainers, and provide curriculum for students with an interest in sports medicine and the field of healthcare.

SWSWF supports these specialized sports medicine injury assessments. Independent medical professionals assist in the evaluation and treatment plan for the injured student-athletes. The goal is to return the athlete to sports safely and in a timely manner.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Awards

Leadership Award 2016

10 News San Diego

Lifetime Achievement Award 2015

San Diego Sports Association

Wellness Center Award 2018

Sweetwater Union High School District

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

SWSWF's goal is to improve access to healthcare services for these student-athletes and address the medical needs and educational awareness of this vulnerable population. The outcome has resulted in students being certified to play competitive sports in the district, as well as the diagnosis of several students who have had major health issues that required further attention.

SWSWF strives to ensure and improve access to high quality medical care for students in San Diego county. The type of medical care and level of special attention to certain aspects of adolescent's medical needs, requires involvement from specialized physicians, physical therapists, certifies athletic trainers and pediatric cardiologists. Annual, monthly, and weekly evaluations, screenings and assessments are needed to allow the students consistent access to vital healthcare services.

Through our partnerships with local high schools, SWSWF has direct access to uninsured or under-insured students and athletes in the San Diego community.

Over 10 years of cultivating relationships and partnerships with our community based medical organizations. For instance: Scripps Chula Vista, Sharp Chula Vista, Rady Children's Hospital, San Diego State University, UCSD, Point Loma Nazarene University, and Kaiser.


Annual planning of our medical programs by offering:
 Year-round free sports injury clinics (40 clinic dates available during school year)
 Low cost sports assessments exams & cardiac screenings offered on an annual basis
 High School Sports Medicine Seminars which provide training in injury prevention (3 per school year)
 Medical Pathways Sports Medicine classes through Career Technical Education

2022 yearly stats:

Year-round free sports injury clinics, two per week available in the fall – 500 athlete injury evaluations completed
Low-cost sports assessments exams & cardiac screenings offered on an annual basis – 900 students screened
High School Sports Medicine Seminars which provide training in injury prevention – 400 students attended
Medical Pathways Sports Medicine classes through Career Technical Education – 1400 students enrolled

Each year SWSWF facilitates free or low-cost medical programs and education opportunities for 1500 students in the Sweetwater Union High School District.

SWSWF has served over 17,000 students and the numbers increase year over year. SWSWF's goals are to improve access to healthcare services for these student-athletes and address the medical needs and educational awareness of this vulnerable population. The outcome has resulted in students being certified to play competitive sports in the district, as well as the diagnosis of several students who have had major health issues that required further attention.

Financials

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SOUTHWEST SPORTS WELLNESS FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 06/02/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Dr. Charles Camarata

SWSWF

Term: 2010 -


Board co-chair

Mr. Stephen Camarata, Ph.D

Vanderbilt University

Term: 2018 -

Michael R. Lenihan

Synergy Specialists Medical Group

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? No
  • 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/31/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/31/2020

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Data
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Policies and processes
  • 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 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.