The 29th Annual One Hour Swim will be held:

  • January 20th (1:30pm – 6pm) at Baruch College
  • February 3rd (9am – 2pm) 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 fighting the disease; now we work to spread the good will around.

Signing Up

Register now to swim as an individual or as 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 wonderful, highly deserving LGBT organizations:

  • SAGE: Based in New York City, SAGE is a national organization devoted to supporting LGBT elders and their allies. The oldest organization of its kind, SAGE advocates for LGBT seniors in Washington, DC, and across the country, fighting discrimination, working on housing issues, and providing training and resources for LGBT people and caregivers as they address health and other challenges.
  • 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.
  • The Ali Forney Center: The largest agency in the country devoted to homeless LGBT youth, the Ali Forney Center aids nearly 1,400 young people annually through its drop-in center and clinic. Located in New York City, it provides more than 70,000 meals per year, medical and mental-health assistance, and housing and other support services, helping LGBT youth to grow up safely and, eventually, to live independently.

Supporting the Cause

Last year, TNYA raised nearly $23,000 from 379 donors. Because of the temporary closure of the John Jay College pool, we have fewer spots for One-Hour Swim this year, so we’re strongly encouraging all participants to bring in at least $250 in donations, or contributions of any amount from at least five 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 (ohs@tnya.org) with any questions, and thank you for participating, fundraising, and volunteering at the event!