The 2018 Annual BWaves Swim-A-Thon

NOTE: Payments are due by July 21st (at the Sudley Meet). Please make all checks out to Bridlewaves Swim Team and turn in money to a Board member.  Thanks everyone!

Every year, the Bridlewood Bridlewaves take the opportunity to raise money and give back to our surrounding community. This year, we've lined up some great organizations to partner with, so make sure to read all the details below and make sure to participate in this great event.

This year, the Swim-A-Thon will be held on July 5th (rain date: July 12th) and we'll be raising money for two local charities supporting veterans. Serve Our Willing Warriors runs a Warrior Retreat at Bull Run, which offers wounded veterans a chance to get away from the hospital to relax and reconnect with family and friends in a resort facility. Semper K9’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for wounded, critically ill and injured members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families by providing them assistance dogs. Using rescued and donated dogs we provide service dogs for psychiatric alert and mobility challenges free of charge to wounded service members.


The pledge form is attached to track laps and collect donations. Remember: Donations can be per-lap or a flat amount - any amount raised will be gratefully accepted!

Swimmers compete for the most laps to win prizes awarded for both girls and boys for each age group. The Swim-A-Thon times align with normal evening practice times:

  • 7:00 - 7:45 pm: 8 & unders,
  • 7:45 - 8:30 pm: 9-12’s, and
  • 8:30 - 9:15 pm: 13 and up. 

Each swimmer must provide their own counter. Bridlewaves provides pencils and cards to keep track of the lap counts.  Bridlewaves provides snacks to swimmers after their swim.  There will also be volunteers available with calculators to help add up the totals.  We would appreciate the donations to be returned within the week following the event.  Bring in your Pledge Form to the Swim-a-Thon and hand it to a board member.

About the Organizations

Serve Our Willing Warriors/Warrior Retreat at Bull Run:

website: www.willingwarriors.org 

The Warrior Retreat allows veterans who are recovering from their injuries at local military hospitals to invite family and friends to visit the resort to relax and reconnect.  The retreat is 42 acres with a house, a serenity garden, outdoor entertaining areas, a small play area for kids and a basketball court.  One of the highlights of the week is a visiting guest chef that comes in and prepares a several course meal for the guests.  The house has three master bedroom areas as well as two bedrooms for the younger guests.  It also has a gourmet kitchen with a large dining area, several living areas,  library and game area. 

Much of the resort has been possible by the work of volunteers and organizations that have donated their time and materials.  The resort continues to seek volunteers to donate their time for one time events as well as ongoing services such as housekeeping. They will also accept donations of travel sized toiletry items (shampoo, conditioners, toothpaste, toothbrushes, etc).  We will be collecting any donations of these items at the swim-a-thon if you choose to bring some.

For information regarding volunteering you can contact Heather Myers at 866-227-5853 (office) 540-760-8601 (cell) or go to the website.

Semper K9:

website: www.semperk9.org 

Semper K9 Assistance Dogs is a local organization who mission is “to enhance the quality of life for wounded, critically-ill and injured members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families by providing them assistance dogs. Using rescued and donated dogs we provide service dogs for psychiatric alert and mobility challenges free of charge to wounded service members.”  The organization currently offers assistance/service dogs for the service member, family support dogs for the service member confined to their home as well as their family members and continued training for the service members dogs.  They also provide a community education program that focuses on assistance dog and disability awareness and the impact that service dogs have on our wounded veterans.  An internship program is also available to those qualified service members training in dog handling, dog grooming and dog training.  

The Semper K9 training facility is located in central Prince William County on a 54 acre family farm.  There are also primitive camping facilities available should you be interested in seeking tranquility close to home.  They also accept donations and have a list of needed items on their website at www.semperk9.org.  You can also volunteer for one-time events or ongoing services such as facility maintenance or technology needs.  You can subscribe to their email newsletter that includes upcoming events and other news.