USA Diving moving HQ from Indianapolis to Colorado Springs

USA Diving Inc. plans to move its headquarters from Indianapolis to Colorado Springs, Colorado, the organization announced Thursday.

The national governing sports body said the move will take place in the fourth quarter, ending a 38-year stay in Indianapolis.

USA Diving, 1060 N. Capitol Ave., has about 10 to 15 staff members.

“We are so grateful to Indianapolis for being a wonderful city in which to be headquartered for the last 38 years,” Jack Perkins, acting CEO of USA Diving, said in written remarks. “The Indiana Sports Corporation has actively supported us by putting on first-rate diving events, and we look forward to returning to Indianapolis next summer for our Olympic Trials.”

USA Diving has been losing money in recent years. The U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee in February threatened to decertify the organization if it did not make changes.

Officials said the move will “significantly decrease USA Diving’s overhead while allowing the organization to work closely with other Colorado Springs-based National Governing Bodies and benefit from the sharing of best practices within the Olympic Movement.”

Colorado Springs is home to the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee headquarters and training facilities, and more than 20 NGBs for sports. It has been nicknamed Olympic City USA.

“We welcome USA Diving headquarters to Colorado Springs’ strong sports economy and growing cluster of national governing bodies,” Dirk Draper, president and CEO of the Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC, said in writing. “The Chamber & EDC is proud to assist USA Diving’s athletes and employees transition to their new home in Olympic City USA.”

USA Diving conducts about 25 regional and national events annually and is responsible for training and selecting teams that represent the United States at international events such as the Olympic Games, World Championships and World Cup.

The departure leaves Indianapolis with just two Olympic sport NGBs: USA Gymnastics and USA Track & Field. USA Football also is based in Indianapolis.

The city has seen the departure of several NGBs over the past 13 years: USRowing, USA Synchro (artistic swimming), USA Canoe/Kayak and USA Water Polo.

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