WHAT’S A SWIM-A-THON?
Participants earn money by swimming lengths of the swimming pool. Goal is 200 lengths (25 yards) Swimmers get pledges from family, neighbors or businesses to support their efforts. Donors can either pledge a certain amount of money per length, or make a flat donation.
WHAT ARE THE RULES?
On Thursday, April 19th, all Groups will practice at Encinal. Swimmer will swim as many laps as they can. One lap equals one length of the pool (25 yards). A swimmer may use any stroke or method other than walking to get up and down the pool. Volunteer counters will keep track of the swimmers’ laps and present each swimmer with a lap count at the end of their session. Should a swimmer not be available to swim on April 19th, they can swim their laps at their next practice. Swimmer must inform coach if they will be doing a make-up swim so a volunteer counter can be arranged.
HOW DO WE COLLECT PLEDGES?
Pledge forms will be distributed at the kickoff meeting and emailed to all families. Swimmers may collect flat donations or pledges per lap. PLEDGE MONIES are due by Friday, May 4th. Fundraising goal is $250 per family. Checks should be made payable to Alameda Island Aquatics.
WHO IS COUNTING LAPS?
Coaches, parent volunteers, and other swimmers will be recruited to count laps
ARE THERE PRIZES?
Between March 5th and April 13th, there will be weekly “Top Dollar” prizes, one winner per Group. At the conclusion of the swim-a-thon, all swimmers who raise over $250 will be entered into a drawing to be exempted from their volunteer obligation for the 2018-2019 season. Top fundraisers per Group and top lap swimmers per age-group will win prizes. In addition, USA Swimming awards those who raise $400+ as follows:
· $400-$599 – Swim-A-Thon Swim Cap
· $600-$799 – Swim-A-Thon Water bottle
· $800-$1,199 – Swim-A-Thon Long sleeve hoodie
· $1,200 plus – Backpack (Speedo, TYR or Arena)