LARCHMONT, N.Y. -- Swim Across America, Long Island Sound Chapter (SAA-LIS) has kicked off its 23rd summer season, offering nine opportunities to swim and volunteer in Westchester and Rockland counties, according to chapter president Tony Sibio.
SAA-LIS raises money and awareness for cancer research, prevention and treatment through swimming-related events.
The non-profit, which raised more than $1 million last year, will have its first swim at Westchester Country Club in Rye on July 11. Seven more participation opportunities are scheduled in the three-week period ending Aug. 1.
“This is my 23rd year working with SAA-LIS, and I continue to be amazed by and thankful for the hundreds of swimmers and volunteers who participate in our annual swims,” said Sibio.
“Each participant is a hero, who helps us raise crucial funds that have a direct impact in the fight against cancer and on cancer patients' lives," he said. "This year we are encouraging swimmers and volunteers to bring a friend to the swim, so we can expand our fundraising efforts. Not only will it be fun to bring new friends into the SAA-LIS family, it also will help us increase awareness, expand our reach and achieve our fundraising goals."
The summer program will encompass eight pool swims (with the option of one-half mile and one-mile efforts) plus an open-water swim course on Long Island Sound that will offer participants the option of swimming 2K, 5K or 10K.
The open-water swim, which starts at Larchmont Yacht Club and ends at Larchmont Shore Club, has been recognized by the World Open Water Swimming Association as one of America's Top 100 Open Water Swims.
Other LIS events will take place in Chappaqua, Rye, Mamaroneck, Eastchester, North Salem and Pelham.
Those interested in participating in 2015 Swim Across America-LIS events can see a full roster of participating locations, dates, times and can register to swim, volunteer to help, or sponsor a swimmer at www.swimacrossamerica.org/long_island .
Donations can be sent to SAA-Long Island Sound, P.O. Box 217, Larchmont, NY 10538. All proceeds raised stay local, supporting cutting edge cancer research, as well as patient care and support in New York.
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