Stingray Cayman’s swimmers take to the pool at the Lions Aquatic Center trying to raise an ambitious $20,000 for club funds next week.
Friday, Oct. 11 at 5 p.m. is the time set for The Big Swim, a sponsored swim-a-thon to raise funds for the club’s upcoming season.
In keeping with the SKY manifesto, the swimmers have just two hours to complete 100 laps (200 lengths) or 5,000 meters.
In that time, they hope to raise $20,000 which, for a small club with swimmers ranging in age from 6 to 21, is a lofty goal.
Organizers invite donors to give a small amount to a swimmer, or directly to the swim-a-thon fund. Alternatively, individuals or companies who wish to make larger donations can contact [email protected] and arrangements will be made to pick up the check.
To encourage 100 percent participation both in the pre-Big Swim days as athletes seek out sponsors and when they hit the water to do the work, several prizes have been organized on a sliding scale, meaning the amount of the prize depends on the overall amount of money raised.
“Funds raised in the swim-a-thon will go toward funding a scholarship program for the entire team,” said club president Brenda McGrath.
“Stingray Swim Club strives to make all levels of competitive swimming affordable to any and all participants, while still maintaining a professional atmosphere, and to keep costs down for members, it is necessary to raise funds throughout the year.
“Please come out and join us and support these young athletes.”
There will be a DJ, food, fun, fast swimming and a huge amount of team spirit and camaraderie going on all throughout the pool and friends, family and supporters are all encouraged to come out and encourage the athletes.