In 2014, Sophie Ferry ’18 assembled a team of Pace students to support Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) through a non-profit organization called Swim Across America (SAA). The organization hosts a variety of charity swims where all competitors pay a fee to participate. SAA raises money and awareness for cancer, donating their proceeds towards research, prevention and treatment.
The Pace team has competed every year since 2014, and this year’s squad is led by junior Amalie Little. “It is a really great cause, and it is really fun,” said Little. “Now that I do Swim Across America, I am passionate about the research of cancer.” Other Pace swimmers include sophomores Kate Grabowski and Marielle Frooman, juniors Isabel Battista and Jacqueline Cunningham and senior John O’Brien.
Swim Across America was founded in Massachusetts in 1987 by cancer survivor Jeff Keith and his childhood buddies Matt Vossler and Hugh Curran. The organization is coming to Atlanta on Sep. 28 for open water swims of three distances: the half mile, one mile and five kilometer races. The event will take place at Lake Lanier’s Lanier Islands Beach and Waterpark. All the funds collected from the event will be donated to CHOA.
Weeks before the swim, teams begin raising money for CHOA. The Pace team is holding fun events such as coin wars, chicken biscuit sales and bake sales to raise funds. While raising money for the cause, the swimmers have been preparing on their own for a successful race.