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Austin Angelfish Artistic Swimming

aka Austin Angelfish Synchronized Swimming   |   Austin, TX   |  https://www.austinangelfish.com/

Mission

To ignite the limitless potential of young women by providing a safe space to develop the whole person—nurturing them as artist-athletes, individuals, and community members.

Ruling year info

2010

Principal Officer

Cheryl Cook

Co Principal Officer

Heather Wykrent

Main address

6001 Mountain Villa Dr

Austin, TX 78731 USA

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EIN

74-2941569

NTEE code info

Swimming, Water Recreation (N67)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Many families are getting priced out of participation in competitive youth sports. Competitive youth sports are big business (estimated to be $150B by 2023) and the pressure to specialize and feed the “youth sports industrial complex” is unyielding. This is especially true for girls (they drop out of sports at twice the rate of boys by age 14) and niche sports. As a female synchronized swim team, we check both boxes. Our mission is to develop the whole person, in and out of the water. A big part of developing talent is having time to nurture the athlete, making our sport a long term commitment. The Austin Angelfish are committed to keeping our sport accessible to all by keeping our fees affordable, tightening our belts (metaphorically speaking) and deploying fundraising to make up for any shortfalls.

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?

Austin Angelfish

Helmed by volunteer coaches (12-20 hours/week)
Participants 8-18 come from 16 Austin area zip-codes and collectively speak eight languages.
A combination of monthly dues & fundraising keeps our program accessible: nobody is turned away for financial reasons.

Why is this an important cause to support?
-Despite the news of equality in women’s sports, girls' sports writ large remain overlooked and underfunded.
-By 14, girls drop out of sports twice as often as boys. Factors like social stigma, lack of access, safety and transportation issues, costs, and lack of positive role models, all contribute to why girls drop out of sports in adolescence.
- A survey of 2,356 female leaders of girls and women's sports revealed that access to quality facilities/resources and equal treatment [gender] was the biggest barrier to participation.
- Artistic swimming is a unique sport that combines the arts (music, dance, movement, artistry, costumes, makeup, storytelling) and athletics seamlessly.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Young girls
Young women
Economically disadvantaged people

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 entrance scholarships and awards and exit scholarships

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Austin Angelfish

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Three season long scholarships and support for fiscal year 2022.

Number of youth who volunteer/participate in community service

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Austin Angelfish

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our girls volunteer every week to teach and train younger girls. They participated in GivingTuesdaySpark to benefit the CentralTXFoodbank. Additionally, our girls perform at charity events.

Number of students enrolled in service-learning courses

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our Junior and Senior athletes are serving as Novice coaching staff. Additionally this season we have a number of athletes studying for judging certification.

Hours of expertise provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Austin Angelfish

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We have volunteer head coaches and trained staff that provide in excess of 50 hours a week of expert instruction to our team.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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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 primary goal of the Austin Angelfish is to provide a safe environment for all young girls/women to nurture their development and grow their skills, both in and out of the pool (whole-person development). As an organization, we are committed to keeping the sport accessible to as many athletes as we can, in service of growing the sport.

1) Quality coaching without overspending (not easy, but necessary).

2) Focusing on diversity and inclusion.

3) Full-person focus.

4) Relentless fund-raising.

1) We have a devoted team of volunteer coaches at the top of the organization. We pay assistants, but frankly, it barely covers gas.

2) With great intention, we’ve assembled a highly diverse and inclusive team. Our athletes collectively speak eight languages and come from a range of racial and socio-economic backgrounds representing nine Austin zip codes. We maintain a robust scholarship program for families that cannot afford to participate.

3) We don't just develop athletic skills, we focus on the whole of the person, with the intention of growing these strong young women into confident, empathetic, community-focused adults (and they are great swimmers too!).

4) As a 501c3 we host as many efficient fundraising events as our organization is allowed by IRS rules. Our events are conducted to connect to the larger local community by introducing them to the sport and establishing strong relationships within that community.

As previously stated, the main problem we are trying to solve is affordability. This season we had a fundraising goal of $20K. Our first fundraising event—a Swim-a-thon—raised $14K and our upcoming silent auction is on track to get us past the overall $20k goal.

Financials

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

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Austin Angelfish Artistic Swimming

Board of directors
as of 01/19/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Hui Lu

Cheryl Cook

Cheryl Chance

Heather Wykrent

Amie Raftus

Nikki Nguyen

Alicia Marin

Kristi Schmalz

Hui Lu