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Swim Across America - Nashville will be a Team Relay charity swim on Sunday, April 16th. The event will take place in the Ensworth Natatorium on The Ensworth School’s Frist Campus. People of all ages and skill levels who are passionate about fighting cancer are encouraged to participate.

Thank you for 'Making Waves' at SAA-Nashville this year! You can still register as an SAA My Way virtual participant and fundraise all year.

6:45: Volunteer Check in
8:00: Welcome and Check Presentation
8:30-10:00: Relay
Ensworth Natatorium
7401 Tennessee 100
Nashville, TN 37221
Swim Options
Team Relay Swimmer
SAA My Way (Virtual)
$1,000 Team Goal
Proceeds Benefit: Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center
$227,139.89 $250,000.00

Welcome to Swim Across America - Nashville. This Team Relay will be at the Ensworth Natatorium. Thank you to The Ensworth School for hosting (address: Frist Campus, 7401 Highway 100, Nashville, TN 37221). All ages and skill levels are invited to participate in the Team Relay format in a fun and impactful charity swim. Proceeds will benefit cancer research at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center.


How to register: Each swimmer will sign up by making a $50 registration self-donation. This donation is a 100% tax deductible and will be credited towards the team’s fundraising minimum of $1,000. Once registered, you will get a fundraising page with a donation link to share with family and friends.

Create or join a team: When you register, you will need to create or join a team. Your team can be a club team, company team, college team, Masters team, survivor team, family team, etc. While there is no limit on the number of team members, we suggest you cap your team at 12. If you have a larger team, you may want to consider registering multiple teams. There is room for 20 teams.

If you are signing up as an individual and you do not have a team to join, please sign up on the Nashville Navy team or contact Chris McPherson.

Relay Format: Teams will swim for 1 1/2 hours, with only one swimmer for each team in the water at any given time. There will be no limit to how long or far each team can swim.

Teams get to decide how they will swim their relay. For example, if you want to swim 25s, 50s or longer per person, that is up to the team. You can pick any stroke you want. For the safety of everyone, no gear or fins are allowed.

Each team agrees to provide a counter who will bring yardage to the scoreboard table every 20 minutes.

Take Your Team to the Top: Once a team raises $1,000, the team starts to earn “bonus” yardage. For every $1 raised over $1,000, the team earns 1-bonus yard. For example, if Team A raises $1,500, Team A gets a 500-yard bonus added to its total. If Team B raises $5,000, Team B starts with a 4,000-yard bonus. The "reward” spotlight is on the team that raises the most, not the fastest.

Awards will be given to the top teams that achieve the most yards. Even if your team isn't the fastest - you could still swim the furthest!


General Fundraising Suggestion: Team Goal of $1,000 Minimum

All teams pledge to raise a suggested minimum of $1,000 with team members all contributing to the goal. Every participant receives a Swim Across America t-shirt, swim cap and towel. If you raise $1,000 you are acknowledged as a WaveMaker and receive WaveMaker benefits.

Individual WaveMaker Status: $1,000 minimum:

WaveMakers go above and beyond by raising at least $1,000 regardless of your age. Anyone can achieve WaveMaker status - swimmers, volunteers or SAA My Way participants. WaveMakers get special recognition and an exclusive WaveMaker gift. You can learn more about WaveMaker Status here.

Registration Self-Donation:

Participants are asked to kickstart your fundraising. The registration self-donation is a 100% tax deductible donation that will be will be credited towards each swimmer's fundraising minimum.


All swimmers and volunteers must complete the waiver found here.

What To Expect on Event Day

Swim Across America is committed to providing a safe experience with these policies on event day. Modifications subject to change.


Established in 2022, SAA - Nashville has raised over $60,000 for our beneficiary, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center. Thank you for your support of cancer care in Nashville.

Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center was founded in 1993 and became an NCI-Designated Cancer Center in 1995 and a comprehensive cancer center in 2001. Vanderbilt-Ingram is an inclusive, collaborative, interdisciplinary cancer research community with more than 280 members dedicated to advancing discoveries in prevention, diagnosis, and treatment for both adult and pediatric cancers.


Event Schedule is subject to change and updates will be emailed to participants

6:45am: Volunteer Check-In

7:15am: Participant Registration

8:00am: Welcome, SAA Impact, and Check Presentation

8:30-10:00am: Cannonball, then Team Relay!

10:00-10:45am: Awards, Silent Auction Winners, Group Photo

11:00am-1:00pm: Post-Event Social at Tailgate Brewery


What is SAA MY WAY?

SAA My Way is our virtual offering where you decide your activity and timeline. Register with a $50 self-donation and we’ll send you an SAA Swag Bag to show off your spirit. All donations raised for your My Way will support our SAA-Nashville charity swim. Click here to learn about all the ways you can have fun your way!

To sign up as an SAA My Way participant for our event, click the register button above and select 'SAA My Way' as your participation type.


Volunteers are the backbone of the Swim Across America Family ensuring our event run smoothly from beginning to end. Even if you aren’t a swimmer, you can still help us in the fight against cancer. Don’t forget, volunteers can fundraise too if they want! Ready to volunteer with us? Click on the Register button and select the Volunteer participation type.

Questions about volunteering? Please contact Chris McPherson.


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 can find more helpful resources on our fundraising resources page.

NEW! Watch these instructional videos to learn how to register, update your participant center, connect to Facebook and more!

Be a WaveMaker by taking your fundraising to the next level and raising $1000! Anyone can achieve WaveMaker status - swimmers, volunteers or SAA My Way participants. WaveMakers get special recognition and an exclusive WM gift on event day. You can learn more about WaveMaker Status here.

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
8508 Park Road #389
Charlotte, NC 28210

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


Swim Location

Ensworth Natatorium
Frist Campus
7401 Highway 100
Nashville, TN 37221




If you'd like to learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please review this 2023 Sponsorship Guide or email us.


Here are some recent stories that display the impact all the members of the Swim Across America family have had on the Nashville community.


If you have any questions about Nashville, please contact Chris McPherson.



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