UPDATED AND REVISED ON SUNDAY, JUNE 5, 2022:

If you would like to swim your One Hour Swim (OHS) with us on Saturday, June 11 at Sacred Heart starting at 5pm, you can register now through Mindbody with our practice schedule calendar. Also join us for a happy hour on Thursday, June 9 at Atlas Social Club (753 Ninth Avenue between 50th and 51st Streets in Hell’s Kitchen) starting at 7pm for drink specials and fundraising before the event.

We are mindful that not everyone has access to a pool at this time due to the pandemic. You do not have to swim to participate in this fundraiser. You can engage in any physical activity, or simply fundraise to support our beneficiaries (more information on beneficiaries and the fundraiser below). If you are going to make arrangements to swim the OHS on your own, please follow the guidance provided by USMS here. If you have any issues with registration for OHS, e-mail us at: ohs@tnya.org

Fundraising & Supporting the Cause

In the past 3 years, TNYA raised almost $25,000 from hundreds of donors. We would like to raise more than $20,000 this year for Alliance for Positive Change and to support our organization (Team New York Aquatics). Here are two easy and effective ways to fundraise:

  1. On the TNYA’s MightyCause fundraiser page, click “Join This Event” to create your own fundraising page (you can personalize the standard language provided). It’s a fast, easy way to share information about OHS, and it 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. Here is a sample pitch letter that you should feel free to adapt and share with everyone you know.

Thank you for participating, fundraising and volunteering! We could not make the OHS a success without you! More details below about our beneficiaries and use of the proceeds from this year’s OHS. If you have any questions or concerns about fundraising, please contact us at: ohs@tnya.org

Background

Every winter for the past 31 years, we participate in the USMS ePostal National One Hour Swim Challenge (OHS). We use the challenge as a fundraiser to raise money for community organizations that support the LGBTQ+ community. Not only do we challenge ourselves to see how far we can swim in an hour, we also get pledges and donations for causes that matter. We first participated in OHS as team in 1990 during the height of the HIV/AIDS crisis, and the money raised was used to pay medical bills for members of our team fighting the epidemic. Nowadays, we donate the proceeds to LGBTQ+ community organizations. Past beneficiaries have included the AIDS Service Center (now the Alliance for Positive Change), the Ali Forney Center, SAGE, and other important community organizations.

Because of the pandemic and issues with pool availability, we postponed our OHS this year to June. We received guidance directly from USMS for those that wanted to officially participate in the OHS virtually. This guidance is available on the USMS website here.

We already kicked off our 2021-2022 OHS Fundraising Drive right before Thanksgiving! Donations will be accepted until June 30, 2022. Our charity beneficiary is the Alliance for Positive Change (formerly the AIDS Service Center). Registration is open if you want to swim the OHS with us on Saturday, June 11, 2022 at 5pm at Sacred Heart. More information about our fundraising drive is available above. Please note that the results of OHS on June 11, 2022 cannot be submitted to USMS. The official USMS deadline for participating in the OHS challenge was on January 31, 2022.

The Alliance also welcomes winter coats and other donated goods. The Alliance, in partnership with DonateNYC & New York Cares, is just one of the service organizations in the city that serve as a drop-off location for winter coats and other donated goods. DonateNYC has a comprehensive list and map of all of the drop-off sites in their network. If you would like to donate goods, feel free to stop by the Alliance during drop-off hours, or stop by any DonateNYC network drop-off site to make your donation. Please note that, because of the success of the DonateNYC & New York Cares winter coat drive, the Alliance often has a surplus of coats by mid-December. The Alliance usually has a greater need for winter hats, winter gloves, winter scarves, gift cards and toys for Christmas gifts for kids in need.

Our 2022 One Hour Swim Beneficiaries will be the The Alliance for Positive Change & the Team New York Aquatics!

The Alliance for Positive Change, formerly the AIDS Service Center NYC, 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. 50% of the proceeds from our 2022 OHS will be donated to the Alliance for Positive Change.

Not only has the Alliance been providing vital services for the most vulnerable in our community for 3 decades, they were also on the front lines with providing relief during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Alliance just launched their new fundraising drive with the goal to raise $125,000 for their operations in the next calendar year.

For more information about the Alliance, visit their website at: www.alliance.nyc

The remaining 50% of the proceeds from the 2022 OHS will be used to support our (Team New York Aquatics) programs. COVID lockdown and COVID restrictions since our reopening have made our operating costs skyrocket. We remain dedicated to keeping our programs operating and keeping our rates at the current level. We hope to fill the gap with fundraising like 50% of the proceeds from the 2022 OHS. For more details on our fundraising efforts in the past 2 years, see our recent press release about fundraising here. For general information about our organization, see our history here.

The Alliance for Positive Change also welcomes winter coats and other donated goods. The Alliance, in partnership with DonateNYC & New York Cares, is just one of the service organizations in the city that serve as a drop-off location for winter coats and other donated goods. DonateNYC has a comprehensive list and map of all of the drop-off sites in their network. If you would like to donate goods, feel free to stop by the Alliance during drop-off hours, or stop by any DonateNYC network drop-off site to make your donation. Please note that, because of the success of the DonateNYC & New York Cares winter coat drive, the Alliance often has a surplus of coats by mid-December. The Alliance usually has a greater need for winter hats, winter gloves, winter scarves, gift cards and toys for Christmas gifts for kids in need.