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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.

Welcome to the Swim Across America-Nashville Community Pool Swim! Our 3rd annual Team Relay charity event will take place on Sunday, April 21st, in the Ensworth Natatorium on The Ensworth School’s Frist Campus. People who are passionate about fighting cancer, regardless of age and swimming ability, are encouraged to participate.

8:15: Swimmer Check in
9:00: Welcome and Check Presentation
9:30-10:30: Relay
Ensworth Natatorium
7401 Tennessee Highway 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! Our Team Relay pool swim will take place on April 21st, in the Ensworth Natatorium; many thanks 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 hour, 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 nearly $160,000 for our beneficiary, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center. Thank you for your support of cancer care in Nashville. Read the latest SAA-Nashville impact report here.

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

7:45am: Volunteer Check-In

8:15am: Participant Registration. After checking in, be sure to sign our Why I Swim banner and flags, get an SAA tattoo, and visit the WaveMaker table for your special gift (if you reached WaveMaker status).

9:00-9:20am: Welcome, SAA Impact, Check Presentation, and Group Photo

9:30-10:30am: Dr. Ben Park Belly Flop, then Team Relay!

10:45am: Silent Auction Closes

11:30am-1:30pm: Post-Event Social at Tailgate Brewery Headquarters on Charlotte Pike.

Participants of all ages are invited to our post-event social. Excellent food for purchase, but all beverages paid for by our sponsor, Oakworth Capital Bank.


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, and they ensure our event runs smoothly from beginning to end. If you do not wish to swim, but want to assist in our fight against cancer, volunteering on the day of the event is a great option. Volunteers can also help by fundraising to help us reach our goal! We would love to have you join us as a volunteer. If you are interested, please 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 in an SAA event or if you just need some tips to become a better fundraiser, click here. This site 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 additional 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 partnership opportunities, please review this 2024 Partnership Guide or email us.


Read some of the stories that display the impact all the members of the Swim Across America family have had on the Nashville community. Read highlights from 2023 SAA - Nashville here.


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


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