Swim-A-Thon is a fundraiser in which participants earn money for their team by swimming lengths of the pool. Swimmers have a two-hour period to swim a maximum of 200 lengths. Participants get pledges from businesses, family, neighbors, etc. prior to swimming. Some choose to get pledges and money prior to swimming while others get pledges per length and collect the money following the Swim-A-Thon. With over 500 Swim-A-Thons conducted each year nationwide, this program has proven itself over and over again as a successful method of raising funds for teams. The exciting benefits of this program are that Swim-A-Thon is not only an excellent fundraiser, but also an opportunity for teams to combine swimming and a social event. Additionally, Swim-A-Thon can boost team spirit and increase community awareness of the team.

With that said, Portland Aquatic Club will again participate in Swim-A-Thon in 2014. For the 2014 Swim-A-Thon, PAC will be using the Team Unify Fundraising platform only. A a sample letter in word, and a great personalized letter (2009 SAT) by PAC swimmer Katie Oppenheimer are available here.

For any questions regarding the Swim-A-Thon, please contact the PAC Swim-A-Thon Coordinator or your Pool Swim-A-Thon Coordinators, listed below:

PAC Swim-A-Thon Coordinator:
Cindy Strecker
785-764-1244 (cell)
503-245-5852 (home)

Pool Swim-A-Thon Representatives:

Dishman: TBD
SWCC: Greta Hilbourne
Mt. Scott: TBD
Columbia: Beth Bernard

Swimmers Information

PRIZES! Check back later for information on additional prizes!

Swim-A-Thon participation awards are as follows:

Certificate of Participation - awarded to all swimmers who participate
Swim-a-Thon pins - two versions for swimmers completing 100 or 200 lengths

Additionally, for swimmers who raise $300+, USA Swimming offers the following prizes:

Swim-a-Thon Cap - $300.00 - $499.99
Swim-a-Thon Shirt - $500.00 - $749.99
Swim-a-Thon Hoodie - $750.00 - $999.99
Swim-a-Thon Swim Duffle - $1,000.00+

Parent Information

The money we raise from this event will be used to support swimmers in the following ways:

  • Give back to Portland Parks and Rec:  Provide equipment such as fins, pull buoys and starting blocks to the Portland Parks and Recreation pools
  • Assist families of deserving swimmers: Provide 10% of all funds raised to the Ellertson Family Scholarship Fund
  • Support the USA Swimming Foundation: 5% of funds raised go to the Foundation whose mission is to save lives and build champions in the pool and in life, providing the wonderful experience of swimming to kids at all levels across the country
  • Support PAC operations:  Assist with pool rentals, travel assistance, and much more!  

The donations raised from Swim-A-Thon are tax-deductible contributions.

We will be using the Team Unify platform for this year's Swim-A-Thon. Please see the email that was sent out in November for instructions on setting up your personalized donor landing page and using the Team Unify site. If you have any questions, feel free to email the PAC Swim-A-Thon coordinator (cabstrecker@hotmail.com).

Please remember: Your swimmer can only swim at their assigned time. If they can’t make that time on the day of the Swim-A-Thon, talk to their coach to arrange a make-up swim on a training day. Please plan on supporting your swimmer(s) by counting lengths during their swim.

Swim-A-Thon – The Swim

When:      February 15, 2014 from 7 - 10 am

Where:     Dishman Pool

What:       SWIM!

How long do we have to raise money?

You can start now to obtain pledges from friends, family members and businesses. Ask your dentist, ask your neighbors and ask your family members to sponsor you for Swim-A-Thon. Some parents take the pledge form to work and ask their co-workers or place the pledge form on a bulletin board. You can ask for a flat dollar amount or a per length pledge, it’s up to you. You can continue to collect donations through March 15, 2014.

How much money should we raise?

Each family or individual on PAC should have a goal to raise $200.00. Our team goal is to raise $40,000. It is important that every team member participate! A team effort is needed by everyone to accomplish our goal. Please remember these pledges will significantly help our club.

Any checks should be mailed directly to:

PAC c/o Cindy Strecker
780 SW Menefee Lane,
Portland, OR 97239

Do we have to participate?

Since this is our biggest annual fundraiser for the team, we would like every swimmer to participate. Group prizes are awarded based on participation. It is not difficult to raise pledges, your parents can help and all you need to do is ask! Remember, you are giving your potential sponsor a tax write-off opportunity. Many people look for non-profit organizations to reduce their tax burden even in economic hard times.