The One Hour Swim, 2016

The 26th Annual One Hour Swim will be held January 9 at John Jay College and January 24 at Hostos Community College. Online registration has begun for individuals and relay teams of 4.

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, as last year, fundraising is being handled through Razoo.

This year’s event benefits two worthy organizations: The City Bar Justice Center’s LGBT Advocacy Project and the AIDS Service Center NYC. 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 $26,000 for the event’s 26th anniversary. (And hey, even more would be even better!) Check out the beneficiaries and start spreading the word:

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.

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.