Jessica Hardy Named 2016 Swim-A-Thon Contest Ambassador
The USA Swimming Foundation is thrilled to announce Olympic gold medalist Jessica Hardy as the 2016 Swim-a-Thon Contest Ambassador. Hardy is a 2012 Olympian, winning a gold medal in the 4x100 Medley Relay and bronze in the 4x100 Freestyle Relay at the 2012 London Games.
Launched in 2013, the USA Swimming Foundation’s national Swim-a-Thon contest was designed to create unparalleled excitement and new levels of Swim-a-Thon athlete participation, allowing teams across the country to compete against each other for valuable prize packages.
As this years’ Swim-a-Thon Contest Ambassador, Jessica will make a personal club visit to the Grand Prize winner of the 2016 USA Swimming Foundation Swim-a-Thon Contest in 2017. In addition to Hardy’s visit, the lucky club will receive a year’s worth of SwimOffice licensing fees from the USA Swimming Foundation’s official online fundraising partner, TeamUnify and a host of other valuable prizes.
Two-time Grand Prize contest winner Rose Bowl Aquatics will receive a visit from Elizabeth Beisel this year, and in 2014, Rose Bowl Aquatics received a visit from Olympic medalist Conor Dwyer. 2013 Grand Prize winner, Katy Aquatics was the lucky recipient of a club visit from two-time Olympic gold medalist, Ricky Berens in 2014.
Teams hosting a USA Swimming Foundation Swim-a-Thon in 2015 raised an astounding $7.2 Million to help offset the cost of training equipment, pool time, coach education and salaries, team travel, video equipment, starting blocks, and much more.
As a result of the extraordinary fundraising efforts from more than 546 teams, the USA Swimming Foundation received $362,000, garnered from 5% of the Swim-a-Thon gross proceeds collected in 2015. These funds are directed to Swim-a-Thon prize fulfillment, grant awards to Make a Splash Local Partners to bring the lifesaving gift of free or low-cost swim lessons to children across the country, resources for promotion of the national Make a Splash Tour presented by Phillips 66, and support to our U.S. National Swim Team.
About the USA Swimming Foundation
The USA Swimming Foundation serves as the philanthropic arm of USA Swimming. Established in 2004, the Foundation works to strengthen the sport by saving lives and building champions—in the pool and in life. Whether we’re equipping our children with learn-to-swim skills through our Make a Splash initiative, or providing financial support to our heroes on the U.S. National Team, the USA Swimming Foundation aims to provide the wonderful experience of swimming to kids at all levels across the country. Please visit usaswimmingfoundation.org for more information.