The One Hour Swim, 2018

The 28th Annual One Hour Swim will be held January 7 at Columbia University and on January 28 at Long Island University. Online registration is now open. If you’re already signed up, we’re happy to share some useful fundraising strategies.

What it Is Every January, TNYA uses the national USMS One-Hour Swim competition as an occasion to raise money for charities that affect our community. We compete to see how far we can swim in an hour, and get pledges and donations for causes that matter to us. This began at the height of the AIDS crisis, to raise money for medical bills for members of our team suffering from the disease; now we work to spread the good will around.

Signing Up Register now to swim as an individual or part of a relay. Note for relay sign-ups: each group requires a captain who indicates during registration that they’re the captain. After that is done, the other team members can sign up, selecting “Relay Signup [date of event] (other than captains) ALL HEATS” to register, and indicating who their captain is. Failure to sign up in this manner can cause significant delays at the event.

Our Beneficiaries This year we’re raising money for three excellent LGBT organizations:

  • MCCNY’s Sylvia’s Place Project The starting point for New York City’s LGBTQI youth in crisis. Integrating case management with mental health services while stressing the unique strengths and potential of each youth, MCCNY Homeless Youth Services has developed a proven method for serving LGBTQI youth.
  • Alliance for Positive Change Previously the AIDS Service Center NYC, the Alliance helps New Yorkers living with HIV and other chronic health conditions get the medical care, peer support, and housing assistance they need to achieve health, happiness, and stability.
  • TNYA’s Fortoul Fellowship The Paul Fortoul Fellowship Program is named in memory of our beloved late coach, swimmer and mentor Paul Fortoul (1958-2007). The primary purpose of the program is to help team members who desire to swim more frequently than their financial resources let them.

Supporting the Cause Last year, TNYA raised more than $23,000 from 357 donors. We’re hoping to surpass those numbers this year by asking participants to bring in contributions of any amount from at least three people. (If you can’t swim, please donate to a swimmer who is!) Here are two easy and effective ways to fundraise:

  1. At the team’s fundraiser page, click “Join This Team” to create your own fundraising page. It’s a fast, easy way to share information about OHS (feel free to copy the info below), and gives donors a quick way to donate online. Add a picture or video for better result$$$!
  2. E-mail friends and loved ones with a pitch. We’ve written a sample pitch letter that you should feel free to adapt and share with everyone you know.

Please contact David Hovey and Nathan Burstein ( with any questions, and thank you for participating, fundraising, and volunteering at the event!