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Help the Swim Across America - Charlotte team raise money for cancer research at Levine Cancer Institute and Levine Children's Hospital. Register today then choose your own activity and fundraising goals to help us travel virtually through every SAA city and go "coast to coast" this summer.

Scroll down for more Coast to Coast challenge details.

WEEKLY COAST TO COAST UPDATE
Week Two - Updated July 7th

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Even in these uncertain times, we can continue making waves to fight cancer. As we navigate COVID-19, we've created a special webpage for event updates, helpful information and ways you can continue to support the mission of Swim Across America.

Welcome to the Swim Across America - Charlotte Open Water Swim. Each year hundreds of swimmers, volunteers, spectators and supporters come together to support cancer research at Levine Cancer Center and Levine Children's Hospital. In the past 3 years, SAA - Charlotte has granted over $335,000 to fund groundbreaking cancer research and clinical trials at Levine Cancer Institute and Levine Children's Hospital. As a result of your support, patients and families will continue to receive hope in the form of new cures and treatments.

Unfortunately due to COVID-19 we are unable to have a live in-person event this summer. Alternatively, we will be offering a virtual 'Coast to Coast' Challenge as a way for swimmers, volunteers, family and friends to continue to support research at our beneficiaries.

Swim Across America, Inc. (“SAA”) is a nonprofit corporation recognized by the IRS with federal tax-exempt status as a public charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (Tax ID #22-3248256)

If you have any questions about SAA - Charlotte, please contact Allie Gans or Sandra Gans.

COAST TO COAST CHALLENGE INFO
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Swim Across America - Charlotte will be participating in Coast to Coast - a virtual activity tracking and fundraising challenge where participants will work together to travel across America with a mission to support cancer research. Participants can choose their own activity and goals that will support Team SAA - Charlotte move across America. Activities can include a walk, bike ride, run, swim or any favorite physical activity in any safe location in your local community. You can even log cancer treatment hours! The virtual route will travel to each Swim Across America open water event city (21 ‘stops’) for a 7,686 mile journey. Tracking will begin June 22nd.

CHALLENGE DETAILS
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Questions about participating in Coast to Coast? All your answers can be found in Frequently Asked Questions.

COAST TO COAST COURSE MAP

The full course map and distances for all legs can be found here.

COAST TO COAST FUNDRAISING TOOLKIT

You can find some new and inspiring fundraising messages crafted for 2020 as well as shareable graphics for Instagram, Facebook and your Participant Center to boost your fundraising for the 'Coast to Coast' challenge here.

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SWIM ACROSS AMERICA 2020 COMMEMORATIVE SHIRT

All 2020 SAA - Charlotte participants will receive the 2020 commemorative shirt as a thank you for their support and commitment to Swim Across America. This shirt features the slogan "The Mission Doesn't Stop" on the front - a reference to 34 years and counting of impact we've had 'Making Waves To Fight Cancer' with all the SAA cities on back. The tri-blend shirt comes in blue to recognize our frontline heroes in hospitals and research centers in this unprecedented year.

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PARTICIPANT REQUIREMENTS

Registration and Fundraising:

To Join the Coast to Coast Challenge, there is a small personal DONATION of $25 to get you started, and while we will encourage you to fundraise, there is NO Fundraising Minimum to participate. We are all working together as an event to travel coast to coast, but you can still choose to register as an individual or as a part of a fundraising team. Teams can be an inspirational way to honor a loved one and motivate your family and friends to register with you!

 

Already registered for SAA - Charlotte? Great! No need to change your registration. You are already eligible to participate in the activity tracking challenge.

 

Note, Online Fundraising Pages on the SAA website are still available, and you can still use Facebook and other Social Media platforms to solicit additional donations. Proceeds from the challenge will support cancer research Levine Cancer Institute and Levine Children's Hospital.

HOW TO FUNDRAISE

If this is your first time participating or if you just need some tips to be a better fundraiser, click here. It will walk you through the participant center and teach you how to email donors, share on social media sites and download the fundraising app.

You may support the swimmer of your choice by making an online donation. Or you may send a check, payable to Swim Across America, to the address below:

Swim Across America, Inc.
11600 N. Community House Rd, #100
Charlotte, NC 28277

Make sure to include a note with the name of the swimmer you are donating to.

OLYMPIANS AND SPECIAL GUESTS

Olympians present at 2018 and 2019 Open Water Swim.

Hannah Aspden: is a 2-time Bronze Medalist at 2016 Paralympic Games (youngest U.S. swimmer to medal in Rio) and current Queens University student-athlete.

Marko Blazevski: carried the Macedonian flag in the opening ceremonies for the 2012 London Olympics. At Wingate, Blazevski won the 400 Individual Medley national title for the third time in four years at the 2014 NCAA Division II national swimming championships. For his illustrious WU career, Blazevski collected 16 NCAA All-American trophies (12 individual, four relay) and four honorable mention laurels (four individual swims).

Karlee Bispo: American former competition swimmer. At the 2013 World Aquatics Championships in Barcelona, Bispo won a gold medal in the 4x200-meter freestyle relay with her teammates Katie Ledecky, Shannon Vreeland, and Missy Franklin. A graduate of the University of Texas, Karlee finished her Longhorns career as one of the most decorated swimmers in school history, earning 18 All-American honors and winning 18 Big 12 Championships. She was the 2011 Big 12 Swimmer of the Year and the Texas Women's Athlete of the Year in 2012. She is a two-time Academic All-American. Karlee is currently a nursing student at Queens University in Charlotte.

Charlie Houchin: Earned a gold medal as a member of the winning United States team in the 4×200-meter freestyle relay at the 2012 Summer Olympics. Houchin was a US National Swim Team Member from 2009-2014. At the University of Michigan, he was awarded many All-American honors.

Lauren Perdue: At the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, she earned a gold medal by swimming for the winning U.S. team in the preliminary heats of the 4×200-meter freestyle relay. . At the University of Virginia, she won nineteen ACC championships, received sixteen All-American honors, and was named the ACC Swimmer of the Year and ACC Swimmer of the Championships in both 2010 and 2011.

Tharon Drake: Drake competes in the S11 classification for blind swimmers and holds 13 current American Records. He won silver medals in the 400 freestyle and the 100 breast at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games. Drake is also the assistant coach for the men’s and women’s swimming programs at Catawba College.

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