The 5th annual Swim To A Wish event will take place across the state February 24-26, 2017 at ten schools across the state. Swim To A Wish is a fundraiser that was started by Wish Dad and Campus High School swim coach, Kelly Kennedy, in 2013. The concept is simple-swim team members join together to swim a 100-mile marathon in relay format over the course of a weekend. Five swimmers swim 100 miles continuously from Friday after school until about mid-day Sunday. Each swimmer swims 20 miles until they reach 100 miles. They raise money through sponsorships and individual donations.
The impact is huge: in its four year run, the event has spread from one school to ten schools and has raised more than $100,000 for
Make-A-Wish® Kansas. This year’s participating high schools are Campus, Derby, Salina Central, Salina South, Newton, OneMa1ze, Wichita North, Wichita Northwest and Tabor College (both men and women). We also expect more schools to join in the coming weeks!
The event is held in high esteem by the schools and swimmers who participate. The participants are selected by their coaches to undertake this physical and emotional challenge. We believe the event is a once-in-a-lifetime learning experience for the swimmers. Not only do they show incredible work ethic by swimming 100 continuous miles, they display a commitment to philanthropy and volunteerism. Most importantly, they willingly engage in a cause that was bigger than themselves.