| Wednesday, February 15, 2017
The USA Swimming Foundation is thrilled to announce Seward Tsunami Swim Club of Seward, Alaska the Grand Prize winner of the2016 Swim-a-Thon™ Contest!
In 2016, more than 550 teams and 50,000 swimmers participated in the USA Swimming Foundation’s Swim-a-Thon fundraising program, raising more than $7.4 million for their teams. As a result of this tremendous success, contributions to the USA Swimming Foundation amounted to more than $372,000, making this the most successful Swim-a-Thon fundraising year in history.
The money teams raise from hosting a USA Swimming Foundation Swim-a-Thon help pay for pool time, training, video equipment, coach education and salaries, team travel and so much more. The contributions received by the USA Swimming Foundation provide teams with Swim-a-Thon incentive awards and participation prizes, and help to provide millions of dollars in grant awards to our Make a Splash Local Partners to bring the gift of learn-to-swim to kids all across the country, as well as to give direct support to our National Team athletes and coaches to help keep the U.S. the #1 swim nation in the world!
With a spin of the contest prize wheel by USA Swimming Foundation’s Director of Major Gifts and 2004 Olympian, Scott Usher, the 2016 Swim-a-Thon Grand Prize contest winner was chosen from the pool of the four Gold Medal contest finalists named last week.
The four Gold Medal contest finalists are Seward Tsunami Swim Club (Seward, Alaska), Central Area Aquatics Team (Seattle, Wash.), West Coast Aquatics (Mill Creek, Wash.) and Rose Bowl Aquatics (Pasadena, Calif.). Each of the Gold Medal prize winners will receive prize packages to include, a customized Deck Pass Patch, a gift certificate to host a celebration pizza party, and a $200 Visa gift card, compliments of TeamUnify for earning the most contest points in their respective club size categories between December 2015 and November 2016 In addition to the Gold Medal prize package, Seward Tsunami will receive a personal visit to their club from Olympic gold medalist and USA Swimming Foundation Ambassador Jessica Hardy, plus a year’s worth of SwimOffice™ Team Management licensing fees, provided by TeamUnify, USA Swimming Foundation’s online fundraiser partner.
Congratulations to the USA Swimming Foundation’s 2016 Swim-a-Thon Contest Grand Prize winner, Seward Tsunami Swim Club of Seward, Alaska, to each of the 2016 Gold Medal winners and to every team that participated in the Swim-a-Thon fundraising program! By hosting a USA Swimming Foundation Swim-a-Thon, you are not only raising funds to build a stronger team at home, you are helping to provide endless opportunities to kids, athletes, coaches and swim programs across the country.