Sept. 11, 2013
NARRAGANSETT, R.I. – The University of Connecticut men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams participated in the Swim Across America Program September 7th at Roger Wheeler State Park in Rhode Island, where they raised $16,033 to go towards cancer research efforts at Rhode Island’s Women and Children’s Hospital.
The event featured over 500 swimmers of all different ages and skill levels, many of whom were NCAA athletes, as nine schools from across New England took part in the one-mile ocean swim. Swimmers had the choice of swimming alone or as a team to honor those that have been affected by cancer.
The initial goal of $150,000 for the event was exceeded as a total of $154,655.28 was raised. Swimming as a team, Connecticut raised the second highest amount of money of any school, while Providence College raised the most money, raising $17,021.
“I am pleased with the efforts of our team in both the 1 mile swim and in their fundraising efforts,” Connecticut men’s and women’s swimming and diving head coach Bob Goldberg said. “In the water we had many UConn swimmers in the front of the finishing pack, and in fundraising we topped $15,000 for UConn and $150,000 for the event, a big jump in totals from last year. All the funds are targeted for Cancer Research.”
Swim Across America is a non-profit corporation that runs events from Boston to San Francisco to support cancer research at the country's finest hospitals and institutions. Proceeds from the Rhode Island swim go to Woman & Infants hospital, the largest and most diverse oncology service for woman in the Northeast, providing a broad spectrum of care for gynecological and breast cancers. It has evolved into a world-renowned, multi-disciplinary facility where clinicians uncover key answers to the questions of cancer, and focus on the needs of the patients and families.