The annual One Mile Flowers Sea Swim brought in US$54,000 for the Special Olympics Cayman Islands World Games team.
Sea swim organizers Frank Flowers and Dara Flowers-Burke presented the check to SOCI chairman Nick Freeland who expressed his gratitude for the community support.
“It has been absolutely amazing to see the community rally behind these athletes in such a major way,” he said.
A total of 934 participants registered for the swim, and 189 people took part in the Walk and Watch in June, with 100 percent of the proceeds from both going to SOCI’s World Games team that is competing this week in Los Angeles.
Mr. Flowers said, “The Flowers Sea Swim team is honored to contribute to so many of our local athletes participating in the Special Olympics World Summer Games. We are delighted to help them achieve their dreams. Go team Cayman.”
SOCI’s organizing committee selected the largest delegation ever with 28 athletes, nine unified partners, five head coaches, 10 assistant coaches, two heads of delegation and one medic.
The large delegation prompted a massive fundraising goal of US$170,000.
Cayman’s athletes will be competing until Aug. 2 in bocce, swimming, track and field, basketball and football.