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IMPORTANT: The June 13th Kiawah Open Water Swim has been Rescheduled. After consulting with local SAA leadership and the Kiawah Island Recreation Team, the new open water date is Saturday, August 15th.
Join the Charleston - Kiawah Island Open Water Swim and Fight Cancer with Swim Across America. Swimmers of all ages and levels are invited to take part in our fourth Kiawah Island charity swim. Your participation will help us "Make Waves to Fight Cancer" and raise money locally for cancer research at Hollings Cancer Center at the Medical University of South Carolina.

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EVENT INFO
ABOUT

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.

Swim Across America is excited to host the fourth Charleston - Kiawah Island charity swim on Saturday, August 15th!

Join Olympians at this renowned scenic destination as a way to fight cancer by fundraising to support clinical trials and research locally at Hollings Cancer Center.

You're invited to participate in 1.5-mile and 0.5-mile swim options. Our Swim is not a competition, but a fundraising event for everyone, both swimmers and volunteers. Choose a distance to swim or sign up as an event volunteer. We welcome you to the Swim Across America family and our efforts to “Make Waves to Fight Cancer!”

If you have any questions about SAA - Charleston-Kiawah, please contact Brad Johnson.

EVENT DETAILS
SWIMMER INFORMATION

General Fundraising Requirements:

All swimmers are required to raise at least $400 by event day.
Swimmers under 18 are required to raise $200 by event day.

All participating swimmers receive an event shirt, a swim cap and a towel as part of the day's festivities.

Participate and Fundraise as an Individual, or on a Team

A person may elect to participate alone or be part of a fundraising team. Grab your colleagues, high school, college alums or neighborhood friends and form a team. Many of our teams swim in honor or memory of a loved one. Teams are inspirational and rewarding for all of us involved with Swim Across America and there is no limit to how many team members you can have on it. All team members are still responsible to meet the fundraising minimum.

WaveMaker Swimmer: $1,000 minimum:

WaveMakers are elite SAA fundraisers and go above and beyond the call of duty by pledging to raise at least $1,000 regardless of age. You can sign up for any of the swim distances. WaveMakers get an exclusive WM gift and access to the WM village on event day where there will be other offerings.

Age Requirement:

Kiawah Island lifeguards and beach patrol are require an age requirement of 14 and up for both 0.5-mile and 1.5 mile options. For ages 14-17 - you'll need a coach’s or other's recommendation on ability. If you have any questions - please contact Brad Johnson.

Distance Options:

  • 0.5 Mile
  • 1.5 Mile

Registration Self-Donation:

Swimmers will be asked to kickstart your fundraising and let your supporters know you are personally committed to the mission of SAA. The registration self-donation is a 100% tax deductible donation that will be will be credited towards each swimmer's fundraising minimum. The minimum self-donation amount will change as follows:

  • Register before March 14th with a registration fee of $50
  • Register between March 14th and May 15th with a registration fee of $75
  • Register between May 16th and event day with a registration fee of $100

**For the remainder of the 2020 event season minimum self-donations will remain at $50 until event day.

Online registration will close 48 hours prior to the swim! Event day registration may still be available if space permits.

SCHEDULE

Schedule is tentative and subject to chance.

6:30: Registration Opens

7:15: Pre-Event Mindfulness/Meditation Session

7:30: Registration Closes

7:30: Olympian Pictures & Music

7:45: Speeches and Ceremony at Pavilion, Why I Swim

8:00: Safety Talk

8:10: 1.5 Milers Catch Shuttle

8:30: 1.5 Mile Start

8:45: 0.5 Mile Swimmers walk to start

9:00: 0.5 Mile Start

9:30-10:00: Swim Concludes

10:00: Enjoy Post-Swim Festivities with Friends & Family

VENUE & COURSE MAP

Course Map

The direction of the course is dependent on the current the morning of the swim. The course will follow either one of these maps below on event day. Both courses will end at Boardwalk 18 that is closest to Night Heron Park. Friends and families of participants are encouraged to greet swimmers at that location and enjoy the beach after the swim. 

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SAA Kiawah 2018 Course Map South copy.jpg

Kiawah Island

The swim takes place in the vast, beautiful and calm Atlantic waters off Kiawah’s stunning coastline.

SAA OLYMPIAN POOL PARTY AT KIAWAH

DETAILS FOR 2020 COMING SOON!

Join Swim Across America for a fun pool swim with contests, relays and instruction from Olympians and the Swim Across America team. All participants will receive a swim cap, tattoo and opportunities to get SAA swag - bring friends and family!

EVENT DETAILS:
This pool party is open to everyone and we encourage families to attend.
- The event will be at Night Heron Park on Kiawah Island. Find the SAA tent to sign in.
- The event is free for everyone to participate.
- Mention Swim Across America at the gate if you're coming from off-island to attend.

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE (SUBJECT TO CHANGE)

4:15p - Sign in for the pool party, get caps and tattoos

4:30p - Olympian Intro to Swim Across America

4:40p - Group into 'divisions' to start off with a streamline distance contest

5:00p - 5:20p Games and relays

5:30p - Get pictures and sign caps with Olympian and enjoy some frozen treats!

Any questions can be sent here.

SUPPORT SAA AT FRESHFIELDS VILLAGE MUSIC ON THE GREEN

DETAILS FOR 2020 COMING SOON!

Support the fight against cancer with Swim Across America and Freshfields Village on the Village Green all evening and live music from 6-9 PM. The community fundraising event will include live music, Olympian appearances, an auction and participating discounts from stores and restaurants. All event details can be found here.

OLYMPIAN PARTICIPANTS

OLYMPIANS EXPECTED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE 2020 KIAWAH EVENT

JENNY THOMPSON

One of the most decorated Olympians in history: twelve medals, including eight gold medals, in the 1992, 1996, 2000, and 2004 Summer Olympics.

STEVE GREGG

Silver medalist for Team USA in the 200-butterfly at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal. NCAA champion in 1976 at North Carolina State University.

PAST OLYMPIAN PARTICIPANTS

HANNAH ASPDEN

CARLTON BRUNER

STEVE GREGG

KRISTY KOWAL

STEVE LUNDQUIST

JENNY THOMPSON

ASHLEY WHITNEY

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
Attn: Brad Johnson
885 Island Park Dr.
Ste C
Charleston, SC 29492

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

SAFETY

Swim Across America makes participant safety the most important component of all our events. All swimmers will be asked to follow specific safety procedures and policies to participate, as well as comply with SAA safety personnel, including local and government entities, Lifeguards, and water safety volunteers. Participants are responsible for adequately preparing for their registered event. We ask that all participants review the information packet provided in advance of event day, as well as attend the day-of safety briefing for important safety information.

Waiver:

All swimmers and volunteers must complete this waiver to participate.

Policies:

If you have questions about our policies regarding inclement weather, swim equipment or wetsuits, please consult our Policies page.

BENEFICIARY

MSKCC

SAA - Charleston-Kiawah funds have supported the Hollings Cancer Center at Medical University of South Carolina since 2019.

2020 GRANT AMOUNT: $50,000

GRANT RECIPIENT: Haizhen (Jen) Wang, Ph.D. (Profile)

PROJECT: CDK6 in T-cell Leukemia Immune Evasion

Project Details: Relapse is the most common cause of treatment failure in acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). It is not clear how leukemia cells escape the immune system to infiltrate and relapse. Upregulation of PD-L1 on cancer cells is one of the important mechanisms to initiate their immune evasion. Recent studies showed that high PD-L1 expression levels are associated with relapse and worse overall survival rates in leukemia. Understanding the regulatory mechanism of PD-L1 expression in leukemia cells will help to develop therapeutic strategies to prevent immune evasion, infiltration and relapse of leukemia. My previous work showed that cyclin-dependent kinase 6 (CDK6) has pro-survival functions in T acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL) by regulating glycolysis and cellular reactive oxygen species. Recent work by my laboratory found CDK6 facilitates PFKP nuclear translocation to promote leukemia infiltration. Importantly, we found CDK6 dependent phosphomimic PFKP-S679E upregulates PD-L1 expression in T-ALL. This study will elucidate the molecular functions of CDK6 in regulating PD-L1 expression and immune evasion of leukemia cells, and provide fundamental theory about therapeutic effect of CDK6 inhibition on T-ALL relapse. The overarching hypothesis is: CDK6 drives T-ALL immune evasion through the phosphorylation of PFKP and PD-L1 expression.

GETTING THERE

Location:

Kiawah Island Golf Resort
Night Heron Park
Kiawah Island Pkwy, Kiawah Island, SC 29455

Kiawah Island is a beach and golf resort located on a barrier island 15 miles (24 km) south of Charleston in Charleston County, South Carolina

Charleston International Airport is approximately a 45-minute drive from Kiawah Island.

Charleston Executive Airport on Johns Island is approximately a 20-minute drive from Kiawah Island.

Directions from Savannah Highway/US-17:

Turn onto Main Road. (Land mark Burger King/BP Gas Station on the left). Continue on Main Road for 15 miles. Main road will change names three times: Main to Bohicket Road, Bohicket Road turns into Betsy Kerrison Parkway. You will arrive at a roundabout. Stay in the left lane as you enter the roundabout and proceed 3/4 ways around then take the right on Kiawah Island Parkway.

Once on the island, you will pass through the security gate (left lane) and mention Swim Across America.

Follow Swim Across America and Kiawah signs to Night Heron Park.

Places to Stay:

Kiawah Island Golf Resort accommodations

SPONSORS
Freshfields Village SAA Day Partners

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