USA Canoe & Kayak and US Performance Academy are proud to announce a new partnership that allows middle and high school aged student athletes to advance their athletic and academic pursuits at the same time. USA Canoe & Kayak and USPA made their partnership official on May 6th, 2014.
USA Canoe & Kayak has many student athletes who are thriving in their sport, deep in competition, and traveling to events across the United States and around the world. USA Canoe & Kayak saw the challenges students were facing in balancing the rigors of competition and the demands of a traditional school. In an effort to find a solution, USA Canoe & Kayak began searching for a school that would allow their athletes to succeed on the water and in the classroom. USA Canoe & Kayak needed an educational option for those students who were struggling to balance their unique schedule.
“Our athletes are, of course, passionate about success on the water. But they also desire to do well in school and prepare for college.” says Joe Jacobi, USA Canoe & Kayak CEO, “After conversations with leadership at USPA, and fully vetting the process, we recognized an outstanding opportunity for ambitious athletes while serving our organizational mission and goals. USPA serves student athletes where they reside as well the competitions and camps to which they travel.”
US Performance Academy provides a college-prep, customizable education system specifically designed for competitive athletes. With a mobile learning platform, students can take their learning with them on the road, have a customized school calendar that fits their schedule, and can get help and direction when they need it. USPA brings like-minded students to learn, collaborate, and socialize together in what they call their network of athletes. With an athlete centric mindset, USPA took all of the struggles that these unique students face and solved them with their independent school.
“We are facing a new generation in education.” says President of USPA, Peter Smith. “Young competitive athletes can utilize technology in their learning to boost their quality of life. For the first time, students can travel to competitions, excel in their education, and maintain a life at home without becoming overwhelmed. Our school is designed to teach students to work smarter, not harder. We are excited to partner with the folks at USA Canoe & Kayak. Joe and the entire USA Canoe & Kayak team are showing a real commitment and effort to support their student athletes.”
This partnership positively supports USA Canoe & Kayak’s commitment to its mission and programs. Young competitive canoe and kayakers can now readily focus on their sport during competition with USA Canoe & Kayak and thrive in their learning during a time that works for them with USPA.
More about USA Canoe & Kayak:
Headquartered in Oklahoma City, USA Canoe & Kayak is a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee and the International Canoe Federation. It governs the Olympic disciplines of Flatwater Sprint, Whitewater Slalom, the Paralympic discipline of Paracanoe and sanctions Freestyle, Marathon, Outrigger, Wildwater, Stand Up Paddle Board, Kayak Polo, Dragon Boat and Canoe Sailing in the United States. For more information about USA Canoe & Kayak, please visit us on the web at www.usack.org, on Twitter at @usacanoekayak and Like us on Facebook at facebook.com/USACanoeKayak.