The One Hour Swim, 2015

The 25th Annual One Hour Swim will be held January 10 at John Jay College and January 25 at Hostos Community College. Online registration is now open.

The OHS is part of the USMS One Hour Postal Championships, an annual meet held across the country. Swimmers get in the water, swim for 60 minutes without stopping, and get out. The object is to see how far you can go.

Team New York Aquatics uses this event as an opportunity to do something more than just swim. Every year we turn it into a fundraising event, a chance to help out local organizations. This year, fundraising is being handled through Razoo.

With recommendations from the team, we have two new beneficiaries this year: The Callen-Lorde Community Health Center and the City Bar Justice Center’s LGBT Advocacy Project. Both organizations are doing great work, and we’re psyched to be supporting them through our hour-long endeavors.

This year, we’d love to be able to raise $25,000 for our 25th anniversary. (And hey, even more would be even better!) To that end, we’re putting a team together to work on fundraising and logistics, so if you want to be involved, let someone on the board know.

Check out the beneficiaries and start spreading the word:

Callen-Lorde Community Health Center provides sensitive, quality health care and related services targeted to New York’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities — in all their diversity — regardless of ability to pay. To further this mission, Callen-Lorde promotes health education and wellness and advocates for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender health issues.

The LGBT Advocacy Project of the City Bar Justice Center provides direct civil legal services to address the specific legal needs of the LGBT community. In addition to screening clients and matching them with pro bono attorneys, the project will collaborate with other New York-based LGBT projects to address unmet legal needs and provide volunteer trainings to serve LGBT individuals. The project is consolidating existing cases in other projects with new cases referred from CBJC’s Legal Hotline and outside organizations. Matters under the project include housing preservation, intestacy issues, elder law, estate planning, same-sex divorce, second-parent adoption, and marital rights.

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