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The Whalers are "Making Waves to Fight Cancer" with Swim Across America. Everyone's life has been impacted by cancer which is why we're dedicating one of our practices and having FUN swimming to help and raise money for cancer research, prevention and treatment.


WHAT: The Arapahoe Lake Whalers are “Harpooning Pediatric Cancer” along with Swim Across America-Denver to benefit Children’s Hospital Colorado! In our lifetime, 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will be diagnosed with cancer. Unfortunately, 47 children are diagnosed every day, and only 4% of NIH funding is allocated to childhood cancer research. Swim Across America is a National non-profit that has raised over $115 million since 1987 for cancer research & clinical trials through open water swims, pool swims & clinics throughout the USA! SAA-Denver has raised over $1.1 million locally since inception in 2018.

The Whalers Pool Swim Against Pediatric Cancer is taking place on Friday, June 14th. We will have a FUN morning in the water, including some unique pool games and relays! We will be swimming to make a tangible impact right here in our community! All funds raised stay in Colorado and will benefit pediatric cancer research & clinical trials at Children's Hospital Colorado's Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. Please join us and show Whalers spirit in order to help others.

WHERE: Arapahoe Lakes Pool - 6262 S Elmira Cir E, Englewood, CO 80111

WHEN: June 14, 2024
7:45 AM - 9:45 AM. Each practice group will have an hour of pool games and relay events to help promote cancer awareness and the needs for research funds.

  • 7:30 - 8:45 AM Group 1 please arrive at 7:30 with your completed/signed waiver to turn in and to pick up your SAA swim cap and put on temporary tattoos before the fund begins
  • 8:30 - 9:45 AM Group 2 please arrive at 8:30 with your completed/signed waiver to turn in and to pick up your SAA swim cap and put on temporary tattoos before the fund begins

HOW TO JOIN: Click the register button in the middle of this page (below the picture) to set up your own fundraising page so you can send the link out to your friends and family.

All swimmers and volunteers must complete the waiver found here, print off and have signed and bring to the event check-in. If you are under 18, please bring the waiver signed by a parent or guardian.

FUNDRAISING: We encourage swimmers to each register and raise at least $75 or ask for donations to be made to the team site if not registering as individual team members. Many will raise more but if everyone raises $75, our swim could raise thousands to support local cancer research, prevention and treatment.

Donations can be made by clicking the "Donate" button under the picture on this page, the “Donate Now” button on individual swimmer fundraising pages, or for general donations under the team, donors can click on the “or click here to give directly” link noted under “Search for a participant”. Checks are also welcomed by bringing to the event or sending a check to: Swim Across America - Denver, PO Box 370076 Denver, CO 80237. Swimmers’ names should be added to the memo line if the donation is to support a specific registered swimmer.

FUNDRAISING INCENTIVES: Every swimmer who participates will receive a Swim Across America cap and tattoos! Raise the amounts below and receive great SAA items for your efforts!

  • $50 - SAA T-Shirt (specify at registration the size in adult or child)
  • $100 - SAA Sunglasses + $50 fundraising incentive
  • $250 - SAA Towel + $100 fundraising incentives
  • $1,000 - 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.

QUESTIONS? Parents and swimmers are welcome to ask Coach Drewes or email regarding any questions.