By Renee Larr
The Carmel Swim Club will host its fifth annual Swim-a-thon May 12, with members swimming as many laps as possible in two hours to raise funds for the organization. The event will begin at 6 p.m. at the Carmel High School pool.
“It’s our one and only yearly fundraiser. The participants are all of our competitive athletes,” CSC associate head coach Ian Murray said. “It’s really an event for us more than a swimming competition. It’s a great day for our families to come in. We have a cookout, a picnic and a team event outside.”
It’s also an opportunity for CSC athletes who might not normally work together to interact.
“Our older athletes are the ones who are on the pool deck counting laps for our younger athletes,” Murray said. “It’s a great time for interaction between our teammates and older kids interacting with the younger ones.”
Athletes and the club itself have been soliciting donations with a goal of raising $50,000.
“Athletes go out and reach out to their friends, relatives or people in their neighborhood soliciting donations,” Murray said. “We reach out to different companies and our alumni as well. They can give a one-time donation to the club or they can sponsor a specific athlete.”
There will be incentives for the athletes who raise the most money. There also will be a friendly competition between them.
“We set goals for the kids based on their age and ability,” Murray said. “They love coming in and meeting the challenge, especially the younger athletes. They really enjoy it.”
For more, visit carmelswimclub.org.