The One Hour Swim, 2017

The 27th Annual One Hour Swim will be held January 7 at John Jay College and January 22 at Hostos Community College. Online registration is now open.

Every winter, Team New York Aquatics uses the national USMS One-Hour Swim competition as an occasion to raise money for charities that affect our community. We swim as far as we can in an hour, and get pledges and donations for the causes that matter to us. (See below for this year’s recipients.) This began at the height of the AIDS crisis, to raise money for medical bills for members of our team suffering from the disease.

In addition to helping some great causes, you’ll be participating in one of TNYA’s signature events, which combines a fun swimming challenge with time alongside other TNYAs, plus prizes and more.

Part of your entry fee goes to support this year’s recipient organizations, but our support doesn’t stop there. This year, as last year, fundraising is being handled through Razoo. Swimmers should click “Fundraise” under “Join This Team” to get started, then create your own page, which you can customize with pictures, videos, and personal stories. Share the page with potential donors, using Razoo to track your progress as you raise money and see how much the team as a whole is bringing in.

This Year’s Beneficiaries

You Gotta Believe (YGB) finds permanent families for vulnerable, underserved groups of children in foster care: older teens and youth close to aging out, youth in institutional and group care, LGBTQ youth, pregnant and parenting teens, and youth with special mental or behavioral health challenges. Core services include recruiting, training, and certifying foster/adoptive parents; matching foster youth with families; and more.

The Rainbow Heights Club advocates for LGBTQ people in need of mental-health services, and provides support, peer advocacy, and a safe place for clients.

The AIDS Service Center NYC helps HIV-positive New Yorkers, and those at risk, get a second chance to reclaim their lives. It offers a diverse range of individualized, professional services in a nurturing environment, including access to health care, social services, peer education, and safe-practice counseling. ASCNYC programs promote positive change, self-respect, personal responsibility, and connection to community.