Each Swim Across America Event Director is inspiring in their own way. It’s incredible to see the hard work of a couple get widespread recognition this month. We can’t think of a better group to feature. Don’t forget to thank your local Event Director today and sign up to volunteer to help!
A great kickoff pool swim for the summer with 60 swimmers raising $60k to fight cancer. The night began with a swim clinic led by Kim Vandenberg (2008 Olympian) and Laura Sogar (World Champion medalist) with the kids! The night ended by honoring Kevin Carolan, NYAC pool director, coach and SAA-LIS and NYAC supporter with the Eugene P. Culligan award.
As the 2017 Open Water season kicks into high gear, there have been some great kickoff events around the country. Scroll through to see members of the Swim Across America family having a great time and preparing to make waves in 2017.
SAA – Dallas (May 16th)
Team Pharma Phibians put on a fun happy hour fundraiser that raised $4,300!
SAA – Greenwich-Stamford (May 22nd)
Top Greenwich-Stamford fundraisers and leaders spent a great afternoon at Yale University Cancer Center touring Dr. Samuel Katz’s lab and learning first-hand about his research into using RNA to treat blood cancers.
SAA – Charlotte (June 1)
The inaugural event had a great night at Legion Brewing spreading the word about the SAA mission. A special thanks to Olympian Katie Meili, Madison Kennedy and Olympic Coach David Marsh & Team Elite for coming out to support us!
Members of the Swim Across America family are active in their communities. SAA on the Scene shares stories from the “dry side” of our events where the SAA mission to make waves to fight cancer is honored and recognized. Feel free to send submissions for future posts here.
Swim Across America national board meeting – Johns Hopkins (Baltimore)
SAA-Baltimore and Johns Hopkins hosted the national board meeting in March. The board met William Nelson, M.D., Ph.D. and toured the Johns Hopkins Swim Across America lab. SAA team members also made a trip to Meadowbrook Aquatic Center.
YMCA Nationals (Greensboro)
1980 Olympian Craig Beardsley and SAA CEO Rob Butcher are YMCA National alums that were happy to share the Swim Across America mission in Greensboro.
Collegiate Club Nationals (Atlanta)
Craig Beardsley and Megan Melgaard cheered on the collegiate swimmers at Georgia Tech.
The Swim Across America – Charlotte swim held its kickoff event at Levine Cancer Institute on April 6th. The Charlotte swim community, including USA Swimming Women’s Coach David Marsh, learned about the SAA mission from LCI doctors and researchers as well as cancer survivors including collegiate swimmer Alex Marshall.
Marshall, a swimmer at Queens College, was recently featured on CNN for her courageous battle to get back in the pool.
Swim Across America celebrated the end of the year across the country by presenting checks to our esteemed beneficiaries. Here is a collection of smiling faces as the hard fundraising work is now seeing its impact multiplied in the fight against cancer.
Charlotte, NC – November 10, 2016 – By meeting key standards of board oversight, finances, results reporting and fundraising appeals, Swim Across America achieved accreditation by the BBB Wise Giving Alliance. This accreditation signifies that Swim Across America is deserving of donor trust as they are a well-run nonprofit organization.
“Our relationship with our donors is rooted in trust,” commented Rob Butcher, CEO of Swim Across America. “We initiated the process with BBB Wise Giving Alliance and are pleased to share that we meet the standard of non-profit excellence. We are proud to earn the ability to display the BBB accreditation seal.”
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“The public can be assured that every charity evaluation is completed with careful, objective analysis of charity information,” says Art Taylor, president and CEO of the BBB Wise Giving Alliance, “By achieving accreditation, Swim Across America has earned public trust having demonstrated its commitment to sound governance, transparency and achieving its mission.”