April 23, 2021
Annual Wilton Wahoos Swimathon
Wilton Y Wahoos Swim Team Riverbrook Regional YMCA
404 Danbury Road,
Wilton, CT 06897
April 23, 2021
Greetings Wahoo Swimmers & Families:
We hope this letter finds you and your loved ones healthy despite this challenging year. On behalf of the Wahoo Parent Advisory Committee and coaches, we are reaching out to our team members and the surrounding community requesting your support. A year like no other, 2020 brought a great deal of difficulty to sports teams across the country. Restrictions placed on competitive swimming during the pandemic made it difficult to generate much needed funds that help keep our swimmers training and thriving to their fullest. With that being said, we proudly announce our 1st Annual Wilton Wahoos Swimathon fundraising initiative that will take place at the Riverbrook Regional YMCA on Monday, June 21, 2021 from 3:30pm-8:30pm. Collectively, we believe we can conquer the financial hurdles faced during the pandemic and purchase a new state-of-the-art Wahoo Scoreboard.
This is where we need your help! We are requesting 100% participation and need every Wahoo in the water. All Wahoos are registered through TeamUnify and can personalize their fundraising page with a photo and message to their sponsors. Be sure to read the attached “Frequently Asked Swimathon Questions” and visit TeamUnify at www.wywahoos.org for more information. Please click the “Help Video” tab to assist you in getting started. Every Wahoo is encouraged to raise funds by asking sponsors to make a flat monetary donation, or by having them challenge you and pledge a certain monetary amount per lap. Siblings will have the option to register as individuals or as a family. In early June, swimmers will reserve a 2-hour time slot and can swim up to 200 laps. More information will be emailed soon announcing team assignments, weekly incentives, fun contests and some awesome prizes! To kickoff the event, April’s top fundraiser will receive a $50 gift card, and every swimmer’s first pledge will earn them an official Swimathon t-shirt!
For those of you unfamiliar with our long history, the Wilton Y Wahoos is a widely respected and spirited swim team for children ages 6-18. Comprised of nearly 250 swimmers from several communities across Connecticut and New York, the Wahoos have been in existence for nearly 50 years, raising some of the most elite swimmers in the country. Our team strives for excellence and has set the highest of standards in and out of the pool for our swimmers. In addition to competing at local and national levels, many of our swimmers continue their swimming careers throughout high school and college, and learn social and athletic skills they’ll cherish for a lifetime.
Together, we have a lot to be proud of and we hope you will consider doing your part by helping make our 1st Annual Wilton Wahoos Swimathon a huge success. We thank you in advance for your team spirit and continued support! Together, let’s make every lap count. Go Wahoos!
Lori Ende-Skidell, Wahoo Parent: [email protected]
Kerri Mims, Wahoo Parent: [email protected]
Coach Eric Holden: [email protected]
Coach Ray Snyder: [email protected]
Coach JoAnn McCaffrey: [email protected]
Wilton Y Wahoos of the Riverbrook Regional YMCA is a 501(c)3 charity organization and all donations are 100% tax deductible. Tax ID#: 06-0853258
Frequently Asked Swimathon Questions
l What is a Swimathon? This is our single major fundraiser for 2021 and an awesome team building event that will take place on Monday, June 21st (rain date: Tuesday, June 22nd) from 3:30pm-8:30pm. We are asking for100% participation! All swimmers will request donations from sponsors either per lap or in one lump sum, swim as many laps as possible during their reserved 2-hour time slot, and then collect pledges from their sponsors. If you can not attend the Swimathon, please consider making a donation, or see your coach for a scheduled makeup session.
l Whyis our Swimathon important? Registration fees alone only begin to cover the much needed funds that keep our team training and thriving. Funds raised from this event will go towards on deck facility improvements and training equipment.
l What is our team goal? Our team goal is $50,000 for a new state-of-the-art Wahoo Scoreboard! With 100% participation, we can easily surpass this goal. We challenge EVERY Wahoo to raise as much as possible! Let’s make every lap count.
l Whatcan I expect before, during and after our Swimathon? All Wahoos are already registered on TeamUnify. In mid May, Wahoos will be divided into 6 teams, captains will be assigned, team names will be selected, and the race will begin. In early June, participants will be asked to reserve a 2-hour time slot prior to the event where they can swim up to 200 laps. Top 6 Individual Fundraisers and Top 6 Family Fundraisers will receive some amazing prizes—Speedo tech suits, swim gear, electronics and more! Additionally, the team to raise the most funds will receive a prize. Every swimmer’s first donation earns them an official Swimathon t-shirt at check-in and 3 awesome Raffle Tickets plus a raffle ticket for every 10 laps they swim at checkout. Don’t miss a chance to spin the Prize Wheel and our Silent Auction for parents. There will be food, music and other surprises. Once our swimathon is complete and donations are turned in, winners will be announced, prizes will be awarded, and our team’s results will be submitted to USA Swimming for a chance to win a visit from an Olympian.
l Can I accept donations online? Yes, all donations should be made through TeamUnify at www.wywahoos.org by clicking the green “Please Donate” button and by following the prompts.
l How does TeamUnify work? You and your sponsors can log onto TeamUnify at www.wywahoos.org and click the green “Please Donate” button in the top right corner, search for your swimmer(s) by name, view their profile/letter, and select a donation type “Individual” or “Family” (family donations will be divided amongst family members equally). If your sponsor prefers to donate by check, cash or make a pledge per lap, they should click the “OFFLINE SPONSOR” tab and indicate their pledge per lap in the “Comments Section.” We encourage all swimmers and families to watch the “Help Video” to assist you in getting started.
l How + Who do I ask for pledges? A sample letter to family and friends is provided on your personal fundraising page. You’ll be surprised how generous people will be when they find out what a great cause they are supporting. Ask your parents, siblings, grandparents, friends, neighbors and parent’s co-workers. Some people like to give 5,10, 25 or 50 cents per lap and enjoy challenging you. Others prefer to make a flat donation. Phone, email, text, or see them in person, tell them you are raising money for your swim team and how many laps you are trying to swim.
l When do I collect money? Collect donations anytime starting now until Monday, July 12th. Lap counters will let you know how many laps you swam at the event so you can begin collecting donations from your per lap sponsors.
l Can Icollect cash and checks, and who are checks made out to? Yes, cash and checks are both accepted. Checks should be made out to the “Wilton Wahoos.” Check and cash donations should also be entered into TeamUnify at www.wywahoos.org by clicking the “OFFLINE SPONSOR” tab and selecting your preference.
l CanI sponsor the Swimathon? Yes, if you own a local business and are interested in making a donation (money, services or products), please contact Wahoo parents, Kerri Mims, [email protected] or Lori Ende-Skidell, [email protected] to learn about some great opportunities including t-shirt ads, banners, digital display ads, and sponsorship on our heat sheets.
l Are donations tax deductible? Yes, all donations are tax-deductible. Our non-profit tax ID is: 06-0853258
l Who can answer my questions? You may contact any of our Swimathon co-chairs:
Lori Ende-Skidell: [email protected];
Kerri Mims: [email protected];
Coach Eric Holden: [email protected];
Coach Ray Snyder: [email protected];
Coach JoAnn McCaffrey: [email protected]