Swim-A-Thon™ Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Who can host a Swim-a-Thon™?
A. Anyone can host a Swim-a-Thon™. Hosting a Swim-a-Thon™ is a great way to fundraise for your swim team or club. It’s also an effective tool for summer leagues, high school teams, affinity groups or college and universities!
Q. Can we hold a Swim-a-Thon™ without a contract?
A. No! Swim-a-Thon™ is a registered trademark owned by the USA Swimming Foundation. Holding a Swim-a-Thon™ without a contract would be a violation of this trademark.
Q. Can we hold a lap-a-thon and not pay 5% to the USA Swimming Foundation?
A. No! Swim-a-Thon™ is a registered trademark owned by the USA Swimming Foundation. Any pledge-for-length event branding that resembles a Swim-a-Thon™, including lap-a-thons, aqua-thons, pool-a-thons or other similarly branded programs involving lap swimming, are a violation of this trademark.
Q. Why should I register my Swim-a-Thon™?
A. Registering your Swim-a-Thon™ gives you access to the USA Swimming Foundation’s platform of fundraising tips and tricks, as well as an online platform—which many teams have used to double or triple the amount of money they are able to raise. Additionally, the Foundation provides incentive prizes for your team, which is covered by the 5% fee that you contribute. Finally, the money you raise is going to a great cause. The USA Swimming Foundation is the philanthropic arm of USA Swimming, and works to provide every child in America with the opportunity to learn to swim. You’re helping swimming not only on the club level, but the national level. Many of your Swim-a-Thon™ donors are excited to help both their local club, as well as be part of a national movement— this added benefit can help you to raise more from your donors, family and friends.
Q. What happens if I don’t register my Swim-a-Thon™?
A. The USA Swimming Foundation has the right to pursue any team or club that violates the Swim-a-Thon™ trademark. Of course, our primary goal is to support teams in their efforts, so we are doing everything in our power to NOT go this route. We understand that many teams haven’t been aware of the compliance rules regarding Swim-a-Thons™, so we’re making calls, sending letters, and trying to work with teams to make sure everyone has a positive experience.
Q. Can my team contribute more than 5% to the USA Swimming Foundation?
A. Yes! If you are interested in supporting the USA Swimming Foundation’s mission to save lives and build champions beyond your mandatory 5% contribution, you are more than welcome to do so. The Foundation is very grateful for your generous support!
Q. Can my organization conduct more than one Swim-a-Thon™ per year?
A. Yes. You may hold as many Swim-a-Thons™ as you like per year, as long as each effort is registered with the USA Swimming Foundation. Multiple Swim-a-Thons™, however, are usually not as effective as one well-planned and well-coordinated effort.
Q. Why should I care about giving the Foundation money?
A. The USA Swimming Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that serves as the philanthropic arm of USA Swimming. Relying on the generosity of individuals, foundations and corporations to achieve our mission of saving lives and building champions—in the pool and in life, the USA Swimming Foundation hopes the Swim-a-Thon™ program will provide even more crucial resources to help the kids who need our support. For example, since 2007, the Foundation has provided more than 91,792 scholarships for children to participate in learn-to-swim programs. Through more than 600 swim lesson partners in all 50 states, more than 3.4 MILLION kids have received the opportunity to become part of the sport that we all love.