On January 3rd, 2010 with less than 3 weeks notice, a grass roots effort brought over 30 people together at Gandy Beach in St Petersburg, FL to swim across the 55 degree waters of Tampa Bay, raising over $30,000 for a severely injured active duty Navy SEAL. I was honored to be one of the 30. Ten years later the effort continues and at 60 years old I will be one of the older swimmers in the water swimming across the cold waters of Tampa Bay!
The Tampa Bay Frogman Swim is a 5k open water swim and fundraiser that benefits the Navy SEAL Foundation with 100% of net proceeds going directly to support the mission of the NSF. The Navy SEAL Foundation provides immediate and ongoing support and assistance to the Naval Special Warfare community and its families.
The Navy Seal Foundation's Commitment:
Since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, there has been an unprecedented demand for our Special Operations Forces. Never before has so much been asked of so few, from so many, for so long. Established in 2000 to serve U.S. Navy SEALs, Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewmen, Naval Special Warfare support personnel and their families, the Navy SEAL Foundation’s programs are focused on the preservation of the Naval Special Warfare force and their families. We provide a comprehensive set of programs specifically designed to improve health and welfare, build and enhance resiliency, empower and educate families and provide critical support during times of illness, injury, loss and transition.
The Navy SEAL Foundation has earned the coveted from Charity Navigator for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency. The Foundation has also been certified by Charities of America as a “Best in America” charity. Ninety-five cents of every dollar spent by the Navy SEAL Foundation directly supports its mission, programs and services.