Swim Across America needs you to go VOTE! Swim Across America – Houston Event Director and Paralympian Mark Barr has been nominated for a 2019 ESPY Award. Read why Mark is such an inspiring leader in Houston and make sure to go vote for him and show your support for one of our own! Vote here: https://es.pn/2RuspP0
Again this year, we’re offering an exciting opportunity to show your love for SAA and win a $100 SwimOutlet.com gift card. Enter by tagging @saaswim and @swimoutlet in your SAA – spirited photos from event day and we’ll pick the best one from each open water swim. Grab your friends and family and show us the best the SAA community has to offer like these winners!
SAA – Houston
Winner: Natalie Marshall
SAA – Tampa
Winner: Tori Kirkman
SAA Family Tree is a monthly focus on stories that display the impact all the members of the Swim Across America family have both locally and nationally. If you have a story or link you’d like to share, please send here.
SAA – Baltimore
SAA – St. Louis
SAA – Houston
SAA – Atlanta
Back again this year, we have partnered with SwimOutlet for a social media photo contest for all of our open water swims! All summer, we’re offering an exciting opportunity to show your love for SAA and win a $100 SwimOutlet.com gift card. Enter by tagging @saaswim and @swimoutlet in your photo from your swim and we’ll pick the best one. Grab your friends and family and show us the best the SAA community has to offer!
Clear Channel Outdoor is teaming up with Swim Across America with a #MakingWavesToFightCancer public service campaign that will see SAA digital messaging in Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, New York City, Tampa, and San Francisco. The PSA messaging will run in each community two weeks leading up to the charity swims in those communities.
In New York City, Swim Across America messaging will run July 16th through August 4th on two of Clear Channel Outdoor Times Square digital billboards.
In addition to the public service messaging, Clear Channel Outdoor local offices will be volunteering at SAA charity swims in their communities through Clear Channel Spirit Days.
“Giving back is part of the Clear Channel Outdoor culture,” commented Gene Leehan, Executive Vice President and Senior Regional President, Clear Channel Outdoor. “Everyone has been or knows someone affected by cancer. Clear Channel Outdoor and our employees are honored to be part of Swim Across America’s charity program that gives hope and inspiration to those fighting this horrible disease.”
“Each of our charity swims has a sense of charm and community with a local beneficiary,” commented Rob Butcher, Swim Across America CEO. “Much appreciation to Clear Channel Outdoor for providing a platform that the Swim Across America name, cause and impact will be messaged nationally.”
Swim Across America is excited to celebrate our 32nd year with a Swim Across America WaveMaker Swag Bag that includes three exclusive SAA – branded items!
As part of the WaveMaker club, we want you to show your SAA pride year-round. The official 2019 WaveMaker Swag Bag offers a branded cinch bag with zipper, a 16-ounce flexible Silipint 16 oz silicone glass and a custom BOCO Gear trucker hat. Want to take these awesome items home with you? Register today and set your fundraising goal to WaveMaker!
Highlights of the swag bag include:
- Cinched drawstring bag with zipper compartment for extra storage and functionality.
- Eco-friendly, reusable and unbreakable silicone pint glass with unique tie-dye design from Silipint. Great to use on a pool deck, beach or any outdoor
- A customized BOCO Gear Trucker Hat perfect for your outdoor training and adventures.
March 25th is the one year passing of ‘Amazing’ Grace Bunke. She inspired us with her bravery throughout her battle with terminal cancer. And Swim Across America is honoring Grace by sharing her message “Hope Has No Finish Line” at all our charity swims in 2019.
Grace’s home was SAA—Atlanta. She was treated for osteosarcoma at the beneficiary Aflac Cancer & Blood Disorders Center at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Grace’s wish was to be the #1 fundraiser and challenged our community to continue raising funds, so doctors can give hope to families affected by cancer. In 2018, Grace individually raised $119, 579 making her the #1 fundraiser for SAA.
Grace’s legacy of inspiring and giving hope to others continues through Team Grace. You can read more about Grace and donate in her memory here.