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    AIA Swimming

About AIA Swimming

Since 1979 Athletes In Action Swimming has sought to impact the world of competitive aquatic sports through developing athletes’ God-given potential, building biblical character into lives, touching hearts cross-culturally, and sharing with others the life-changing message of love, hope and forgiveness found in Jesus Christ.

Summer mission projects, international sports/mission tours, swimmers’ chapels, age-group summer swim camps, elite training camps, evangelistic swim clinics and personal discipleship are some of the ways AIA Swimming has impacted the world of competitive swimming over the last 40+ years.

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  • How would you like to publicly represent Jesus Christ through your swimming competition?
  • Are you finished with your collegiate eligibility or swimming unattached?
  • Then proclaim your faith by registering as a member of the “Athletes In Action” swim team!

CLICK HERE for more information about the AIA Swim Team.

Have you been involved with Athletes In Action Swimming through an AIA Swim Project, International Swim Tour, Swim Camp, Swimmers’ Chapel, or by supporting AIA swimmers or staff?

Then CLICK HERE to register for the AIA SWIMMING REUNION as we celebrate 40+ years of ministry during the 2020 US Olympic Trials in Omaha, Nebraska!!

Join fellow-swimmers and coaches for 15-20 minutes of fellowship, worship, and a short devotional at major competitions around the country. Follow us at @SwimmersChapel for updates!

Join dozens of collegiate and professional athletes in multiple sports at one of AIA’s week-long Ultimate Training Camps where you will learn to integrate faith and competition! (Swim workouts will be offered during UTC’s.)

AIA Swimming History

Athletes In Action Swimming began in 1979 when several world-class swimmers from the University of Southern California asked AIA to begin a Christian swim team. AIA Swimming has impacted the sport for over 40 years through…

  • Summer missions projects in California and Colorado for collegiate swimmers from around the United States.
  • Evangelistic swim clinics where world-class and Olympic swimmers demonstrated swimming technique and shared their faith in Christ.
  • International tours to Europe to share Jesus Christ with swimmers, coaches and host families.
  • Sponsoring dozens of evangelistic age-group swim camps in Colorado, Georgia, Indiana, Illinois and Alabama.
  • Discipling hundreds of collegiate swimmers and training them how to apply biblical principles to sports and faith.
  • Hosting Swimmers’ Chapels at local, regional and national swim meets.

Athletic Milestones

Athletes In Action has always been committed to excellence in ministry and athletic performance. God has enabled AIA Swimming to accomplish some incredible athletic milestones:

Mike Bottom qualified for the 1980 U.S. Olympic Team in the 100 M Butterfly, currently serves as the Head Swim Coach at the University of Michigan, and was a member of the 2016 U.S. Olympic coaching staff.

Bent Brask (1976 Norwegian Olympian and national record-holder in the 100 M Butterfly), served on the staff of Athletes In Action and represented AIA internationally in Europe.

Josh Davis represented Athletes In Action for six years, winning individual and relay national championships, garnishing three gold medals at the 1996 Olympics, setting the American Record in the 200 M Freestyle three times, and winning two silver medals at the 2000 Olympic Games.

Alumni Endorsements

My time with Athletes In Action, especially the Ultimate Training Camp and the AIA Special, catapulted me spiritually to a whole new level. The friendships and discipleship I received created a foundation of a better attitude, stronger work ethic, humility, and insight into relationships that had immediate impact on my life and future.

AIA helped me become a better husband and father, and helped me win gold and silver medals in the Olympic Games. No matter where I was, I was equipped to share my faith winsomely and lovingly. I can’t imagine my life without Athletes In Action.

Josh Davis - NCAA All-American, 1996 & 2000 Olympian Former Record-Holder Head Swim Coach, Oklahoma Christian College

I first got involved with the AIA Swim Camps via my college coach. God worked through those camps and the sport of swimming, learning about a personal relationship with Christ, applying biblical principles to athletics, living out the gospel each day with my team, and glorifying God through sport.

After graduation, I joined AIA Staff at the University of Virginia. After two years on AIA staff, I decided to go back into full-time coaching at my alma-mater. AIA has had a long-lasting impact on my life and I’m forever grateful that God has used the ministry of AIA Swimming to grow and mature me in my relationship with Christ and others.

Jennifer (Fox) Betz - Former Swimmer, University of Kansas Assistant Women’s Swim Coach, University of Kansas

For me, Athletes in Action Swimming has been all about community. We are the Body of Christ in…the world of competitive swimming.

An Athletes in Action chapel is like a family gathering. We get to look at competition differently; we know there is a larger purpose at work in our lives; and we get to affirm that in one another. To know and be known by other followers of Jesus, regardless of our accomplishments or failures, sets our thinking right.

Casey Converse - NCAA All-American, 1976 Olympian, Former American Record-Holder Head Women’s Swim Coach, U.S. Air Force Academy (retired)

The adage, “God doesn’t call the equipped; He equips the called,” describes me perfectly. I prayed that God would use me to make an impact for Him at the AIA Swim Camps and that the overflow of my relationship with Christ would spill over into my relationship with the campers.

We don’t always know how we have affected someone for Christ this side of eternity, but I hope I was able to inspire a few to become sold-out Jesus followers and to be light in their circles of influence.

Jim Reitz - Head Swim Coach (retired), University of Nevada, Las Vegas