Swim-A-Thon 2020

Greetings to all Chinook fans - It’s time to kick off our annual Swim-A-Thon! 

The Swim-a-Thon is Chinook's one and only fundraiser each year.  The majority of the funds raised stay with Chinook (95%), while 5% goes to USA Swimming to support national swimming initiatives. 

Please mark your calendars for Saturday, February 1, and Saturday, March 14. 

Chinook has done an awesome job with the Swim-a-Thon over the years. We need everyone's involvement and participation to make this year's another success.  Last year we raised over $25,000 for the club, which is a very significant contribution to the club’s finances.  This helps to keep the training fees as low as possible.

While we ask all of our swimmers to participate in the Swim-A-Thon, a swimmer can opt-out and will not be reimbursed their $200 non-participation fee.  The non-participation fee was paid at the time of registration.  For those swimmers that want to participate in the Swim-A-Thon, keep your coaches informed.  You can even have the coaches mail your letters.  Once participation has been confirmed, then the coaches will inform the Treasurer to deduct the participation fee from your next invoice.

The Chinook Swim-A-Thon has two parts:

Part I: Letter-Writing Campaign – Saturday, February 1, 2020

Chinook hosts a letter-writing party to kick off the Swim-A-Thon. You are welcome to attend any time that's best for you between 9:00 am and 12:00 pm. You just need to stay as long to finish your letters which could be ten minutes to an hour, depending on how many letters you plan to send.

Swimmers gather at the Newport Hills Swim & Tennis Club's banquet room to send letters to those they deem appropriate to request sponsorship. Addresses could include family, friends, and professionals (e.g. dentists, doctors).  Swimming is a very positive activity for our children and most people and businesses like to show their support for the sport.

The letter writing is easy - you bring your list of names and addresses of your potential sponsors that you will put on the letters and envelopes. Chinook provides the supplies (envelopes, letters, pens, postage). We will also have snacks and raffle some prizes.

The letter-writing party is fun and I encourage everyone to participate.

Here is the date and location for the letter-writing party:

Saturday, February 1, 2020  9:00 AM - 12:00PM
Newport Hills Swim & Tennis Club Banquet Room

5464 119th Avenue SE, Bellevue, WA  98006

 **Remember to bring your addresses, pre-printed mailing labels, return address labels, etc.!**

Part II: Swimming the Swim-A-Thon – Saturday, March 14, 2020

The second part of the Swim-a-Thon involves the actual swimming part!  Everybody (including the Red group) is required to participate in this part of the event, regardless if you participated in the letter-writing campaign. The Swim-A-Thon is 200 lengths (one way) of the pool in a two-hour period, whichever comes first.* (*Red and White group swimmers - ask your coach about your goal lengths).

The Swim-A-Thon swimming portion will also be held at Newport Hills:

Newport Hills Swim & Tennis Club

Saturday, March 14, 2020

5464 119th Avenue SE, Bellevue, WA  98006

Session 2: WHITE and RED GROUPS - 9:00-11:00am