We are a group of seven young swimmers between the ages of 13 and 17, living in the San Francisco Bay Area. Some of us swam our first Swim Across America - San Francisco when we were only 9 years old, under the watchful eye of our coach, Mike Keck.
For all of us, open water swimming has become a passion. The tides, the wind, the fog, and in some years even the smoke from not-so-distant wildfires are constantly changing, requiring us to be acutely aware of the environment and our place within it. The cold waters of the Bay keep us alert, and sometimes a seal will pop up to keep us company. Every swim is different, and they are never boring.
Swim Across America - San Francisco gives us an opportunity to combine our love for the water with a way to raise funds for pediatric cancer research at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals. We are kids who want to help other kids, and all of our lives have been touched by cancer.
This year, in addition to the Bay Swim on September 24, we have set an additional challenge for ourselves to complete a relay swim across the 21 miles of the English Channel. We have been practicing for a little more than two years with Coach Mike, and we are all excited and ready to go! We’ll all be arriving in Folkestone, England in early August, where our window to begin the swim is August 6 – 9.
This swim has become a great goal for all of us to aim for, and we will be giving it our very best effort. Just as with the regular SAA swims, knowing that successfully completing the swim can help reduce pediatric cancer has made us all the more excited to pursue this goal.
While the English Channel swim is not an official SAA event, we wanted to include it on this page to do all we can to help contribute to the great cause that SAA stands for. All funds raised will be considered part of our SAA fundraising activities, and will therefore be submitted to SAA after we complete the Bay Area swim in September.
In addition to Coach Mike, the Keck Crew SF team members are:
You can make a donation online by clicking on the 'Donate Now' button on this page.
If you prefer to donate via check, please send check donations to Swim Across America, c/o Nathaniel Berger, 921 Church St., San Francisco, CA 94114.
Check should be made out to Swim Across America but please include a note mentioning our team or the swimmer you are supporting!
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