DASH Swim-a-thon Fundraiser kicks-off TODAY!!

Jennifer Duehr


  2021 Dubuque Area Swimmin’ Hurricanes 

Go for the Gold

Swim-a-thon Fundraiser


Hello DASH swimmers and families!

The season has begun and it’s time for our first ever USA Swimming SWIM-A-THON!! 

We’re asking for 100% participation in this event and have a lot of fun weekly prizes and impressive grand prizes to help motivate our swimmers!


What is a Swim-a-thon?  

A Swim-a-thon is a USA Swimming trademark event in which participants earn money for their team by swimming lengths of the pool. Swimmers have a designated time period to swim a maximum number of pool lengths. Participants collect pledges from businesses, family, neighbors, etc. prior to swimming. This year USA Swimming has waived their 5% fee for hosting the event in order to better support swim teams during COVID restrictions. 


The Swim-a-thon is a MAJOR FUNDRAISER for the team! Funds raised will help purchase backstroke wedges for each racing lane and be put towards team operational expenses. There are no family credits for this fundraiser.  


Swimmers request donations from sponsors (family and  friends), either per lap (one pool length) donations or lump sum donations. Each swimmer will swim as  many laps as possible during their scheduled practice time.  


Gold and Silver swim groups will swim for 2 hours and and Blue, Bronze, High School Camp, Green and Jr. Hurricanes will swim for 1 hour


Donation collection begins today, April 19th &

the Swim-a-thon will be held Monday, June 14th during regular practice times

*There will not be a make-up date, so please make  sure you are at practice June 14th!

If your swimmer cannot attend that date please consider making a donation.

Our team fundraising goal is to raise $10,000!! 

We can do it if everybody pitches in!!

Each swimmer’s goal is $100 and 100% participation


Team Prizes for reaching Milestones

$7500 -  Dive in Movie (movie, pool floats and masks on a Friday evening)

$10,000 -  Turn the Coach into an Ice Cream Sundae


Grand Prizes


Top Swim Group the Raises the Most Money

Pizza Party before practice (for those who participated form that group)


Raffle Winner

All weekly winner’s names will be entered into a raffle: prize TBD


 Participation prizes



How swimmers reach the goal of raising $100?  

It should be easy to reach this goal….just  follow the simple formula:  

Ask 10 people for $10 each: 10 x $10 = $100 

Ask 5 people for $20 each: $20 x 5 = $100 

You will be surprised at how generous people will be when they find out that it’s for such a great cause!  

Who do I ask for pledges?  

Ask your friends, grandparents, aunts, uncles, neighbors, parents’ co-workers…ask anyone who may be  interested in sponsoring you! Some people like to donate 10 cents, 25 cents, or 50 cents a lap and enjoy seeing how many laps you’ll swim. Other folks would rather give you a lump sum  of $10 or $20. Don’t forget to ask if their employers match donations - this is a great way to make you a top seller.

How do I ask for pledges?  

By phone you could say: 

Hi, this is (your name). I am on the DASH swim  team and am participating in a swim-a-thon on June 14th. Would you be willing to sponsor me? My goal is 

to swim (goal #) during my practice time to help raise money for my team. You can pledge per lap or  a flat amount. I really appreciate your support!”  Brag about how many laps you swam at practice!


By email and social media: you can send emails and post to social media using the TeamUnify online Swim-a-thon platform on DASH’s website!


How to set up your swimmer’s Swim-a-thon donation site:

Login to your DASH account

In the black side bar hover over “My Account” and click on “Event Fundraising” which will bring your family’s Swim-a-thon set up page

Select your child's name from the “participant” box  and click “Set up” tab

Fill in fundraising information and click Save; repeat for other swimmers

Once the account is set up you can send emails and post to social media asking for donations


ALL donations are 100% tax deductible. Donation receipts with DASH’s tax ID # will be emailed to the donor via TeamUnify. 


Collecting Donation

The DASH website TeamUnify has partnered with USA swimming to set up a donation platform right on our website which makes collecting the donation very easy and instantaneous. 


Once your swimmer and/or family account is set up donations can be made through the website - just click on the Swim-a-thon bar on the DASH website. 


If you have multiple swimmers they can be set up with individual accounts, nothing like a little family competition to see who can raise the most money!! 


Donations can be made either to an individual swimmer or one lump sum to the family and the system will divide the donation equally amongst the swimmers. 


Those that pledge per lap will be charged via TeamUnify once laps are entered following the Swim-a-thon completion.


Checks and cash can be entered into TeamUnify as an Offline donation; once the funds are received the admin will approve the Offline entry and it will be added to your swimmer/family total. 

Please place check/cash donations in an envelope that is marked: Swim-a-thon donation and the swimmer or family name on the outside of the envelope. On the inside, please write down who the donation(s) is from, the swimmer(s) name it has been applied to and the amount to that swimmer. Envelope can be given to Coach Doug at practice. 

Don’t wait until the last minute! All pledges must be turned in by Monday, June 21st. Awards will be announced by Monday June 28th .