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SWIM-A-THON 
Friday 15th, May 2020 
Goal: $30,000
100% Team Participation
 
What is a Swim-A-Thon?
 
The Swim-A-Thon is a fun group event that all our swimmers can partake in and, at the same time, raise funds for our team. 
Participants earn money by swimming lengths of the swimming pool (25 yds), within a specified period. Swimmers collect pledges per lap or flat donations from family, friends, neighbors or businesses to support their efforts prior to swimming. It functions just like Walk-A-Thons etc that are popular in schools. This is an excellent opportunity to have the community support our athletes. 
For our Swim-A-Thon, Pre-Bronze and Bronze have 1.5 hrs to swim a maximum of 100 laps. All other groups have 2 hrs to swim a maximum of 200 laps.
 
 
How will the funds be used?
 
Quicksilver will use 95% of the funds raised towards coaching salaries, coach training, facility rental costs, and other operational expenses. These funds raised are vital to the sustainability of the club, as the monthly dues cover less than 80% of expenses!
 
The funds remaining 5% of the funds raised will be paid to the USA Swimming Foundation. The Foundation works to strengthen the sport of swimming by saving lives and building champions—in the pool and in life. Whether they’re equipping children across the country with the life-saving skill of learn-to-swim through their Make a Splash initiative or providing financial support to heroes on the U.S. National Team, the USA Swimming Foundation aims to provide the wonderful experience of swimming to kids at all levels across the country. To learn more about the USA Swimming Foundation, visit  usaswimmingfoundation.org.
 
When and Where?
 
Date: Friday 15 th, May 2020 
Where: Gunderson and Almaden Swim and Racket Club
Time: Below will be the time and location for each group. 
 
Gunderson High School
Time
Lap Pool
Diving Well
4:00-6:00 
National
Silver
Grey
Gold Elite
Junior National
Gold 
Turquoise
Stroke Development 
 
Senior
Pre-National
Pre-senior 
 

 

Almaden Swim & Racket Club
Time
Lap Pool
4:00- 5:30
Pre-Bronze
Bronze (ASRC)
5:30 - 7:00
Bronze (GHS / ClubSport)
 
What happens on the day?
 
Athletes will swim as many laps as they can during their allotted time slot. Parents play a very important role during the event. They are required to count laps and cheer on the swimmers!
 
Food and Drink
We will be having pizza for every swimmer. Swimmers will have pizza and drinks when they finish there laps. The team will be providing pizza for the athletes, so no need to bring money to the event. 
Hot Chocolate Stand - Every swimmer gets a FREE Hot chocolate after their swim!
 
Pie a coach in the Face:  
On the day of the events Athletes who raise $500 or more will be able to pie a coach in the face. Get those throwing arms ready. 
 
Donations and Pledge Forms 
 
Donors have either the option of donating a fixed amount or pledging a per-lap amount. Swimmers have 2 options for gathering donations.
Don’t forget to tell potential donors both Quicksilver Swimming and USA Swimming Foundation are both 501(c) nonprofits and  all contributions are fully tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
 
Company Matching
Another way to boost your donation totals is to ask the donor whether their company has a charitable matching program. Here are just some that do: Apple, Adobe, Cisco, Ebay, Google, IBM, Intel, Juniper Networks, Sun, Symantec, Varian, Wells Fargo, Applied Materials.
 
How to personalize your donation page
Each swimmer can personalize their own donation page by following the steps:
  1. Sign-in to your account at www.quicksilverswimming.org
  2. Click on the Swim-A-Thon logo under the “Instagram” logo on the left.
  3. Click on the red “Setup” tab. Here you can personalize your swimmers sent via email. The default goal amount is $200, but you can change it to any value. Lastly, you can enter the number of laps your swimmer would like to complete.
  4. Click on the red “Promote” tab. This is where you enter the email address of your potential donors.Click on the invite list to add new emails.
  5. When you are ready to send out your promotion email, just click the name box and it will select all your potential donors. Then select the green email donor’s button. The system will email your “Promote” letter to everyone on your list.
Donation Rewards
 
The following table lists the prizes QSS will be providing for every swimmer that raises donations. The prizes are cumulative, which means that if a swimmer raised $150 they will receive the $150 reward and the $100 reward! So the more they raise the more goodies they get!!!
 
 
Fundraising Achievement
Quicksilver Swimming
Prize Levels
$100
QSS Pen
$150
QSS Lanyard
$200
QSS Sunglasses
$250
QSS Slinky
$300
QSS Popsocket
$400
QSS Fidget Spinner
$500
QSS Croc Pin + Pie a coach in the face 
$750
QSS Head Band
$1000
QSS Towel
$1250
QSS Visor
$1500
QSS Arena Backpack
$2000
QSS Warm-up Set or Sweat Set
 
In addition, USA Swimming Foundation offers the following prizes. Swimmers receive only the single highest level prize for which they are eligible for these prizes. In addition, swimmers who swim 100 lengths or 200 lengths will receive a bag tag to recognize their achievement!
 
For more information and to see pictures of the awards, visit  www.usaswimming.org/SATawards.
 
Fundraising Achievement
Official USA Swimming Foundation Swim-a-Thon Prizes
$400.00 - $599.99
Swim-a-Thon Sunglasses
$600.00 - $799.99
Swim-a-Thon T-Shirt
$800.00 - $1199.99
Swim-a-Thon Towel
$1200.00+
Swim-a-Thon Inflatable Couch