Swim-a-Thon 2021


2021 Swim-a-Thon

Saturday, October 9th


What is a Swim-a-thon? 


Participants earn money by swimming lengths of the swimming pool. Swimmers have a one-hour period to swim as many laps as possible. 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 in support of our team.


The money we raise will support the operation of our swim team in the coming season! In addition to raising funds for our team, 5% of the money we raised will go back to the USA Swimming Foundation.  USA Swimming Foundation's Swim-a-Thon™ is the only official pledge-for-length swim program.  Swim-a-Thons™ have generated over $41 million dollars by over a thousand different clubs in the last ten years! The Foundation works to strengthen the sport of swimming by saving lives and building champions—in the pool and in life.


How do I participate?


Every swimmer gets a swim packet. Use the envelope to collect your pledges or one time donations.  You can also use the online swim-a-thon fundraising platform.


There will be prizes for different ranges of pledges collected. Check out the Swim-a-Thon prize page for example pictures of this year's prizes which include:


  • $150: stainless steel water bottle + 3 vinyl stickers
  • $250: Limited edition “quaranteam” tie-dyed t-shirt OR 2 water bottles + 6 stickers
  • $300: Limited edition “quaranteam” tie-dyed sweatshirt OR 2 t-shirts
  • $500: VJO team jacket OR 2 sweatshirts OR $50 Elsmore Swim Shop gift card
  • $700: VJO team jacket + VJO warm-up pants OR $70 Elsmore Swim Shop gift card OR combo of prizes with equal value
  • $1000: Parka OR combo of prizes with equal value

On September 11th, all you have to do is SWIM! Remember: write your names on your pledge envelope. Checks should be made out to VJO or have your sponsors pledge on our website: (They should look for YOUR name so you can get credited.)

What is our Goal?

Our team goal is $8000, but if we can do more, that would be GREAT! Each swimmer is asked to participate and help their team. If ALL families participate we could all help out in reaching our goal.  The money we raised will be used to cover operational costs of the team and keep our monthly dues low!

What to do on the day of the Swim?

Volunteer Set-up: 2:00-2:45 pm

Swimmer Arrival: 2:45 pm

Swim-a-thon Swim Time: 3:00-4:00 pm

Pool Party & Potluck: 4:00-6:45 pm

Volunteer Take-down: 6:45-7:15 pm

Swimmers arrive at the ‘sign in’ table and get your lane assignment. A volunteer will count your laps. Swim as many laps as you can! Then enjoy the  potluck! Check out the Swim-a-Thon potluck page for more details. 

Potluck Assignments by Last Name:

A-D: desserts

E-G: salads and side dishes

H-S: main dishes

T-Z: appetizers and snacks

SWIMMERS: Bring lots of energy, kick-boards, fins and goggles! Wear your favorite bright cap and suit.


PARENTS: Thank you for helping your swimmer with their pledges! We need your help to make this work! Please sign up on our website under EVENTS, count laps & bring a potluck dish! This will count toward your mandatory volunteer hours!

Need volunteer hours?

We will need help with set-up from 2:00-2:45 pm, lap counting from 3:00-4:00, and take-down from 6:45-7:17. Volunteer sign-ups will be available on the Swim-a-thon "event" page. The event page can be found by clicking the "Events" tab on the team's home page. Next, choose calendar, then navigate to October. On October 9th, you'll see the Swim-a-thon event. Use that to go to the event page. In the upper left of the event page, you'll see the option for "job sign up".


What about after the event?

After the day of the Swim-a-Thon, you can still continue to collect pledges and donations! All pledges and donation are due Monday, October 11th. Pledges and donations can be submitted online using the team's website or can be turned in on deck using the Swim-a-thon pledge sheets and envelopes.


For questions, email: Lesley Ruszel ([email protected])