Thank you for considering a donation to my Frogman Swim across Tampa Bay! It is an incredible 3.1 mile open water swim across the bay to suppor the Navy SEAL foundation. Please read below for a little about why this event means so much.
This will be my third Frogman Swim across Tampa Bay, and this event and the cause it support are very close to my heart. Those that know me know I am not political and very much a civilian. But I have always been very aware, and very thankful, that while I spent my younger years working and enjoying life, there were many young men and woman who took it upon themselves to commit to the military, endure the training, subject themselves to long separations from their loved ones, all while putting themselves in harm's way to protect civilians like me.
Many of them gave their lives. Many more carry internal and external scars that will affect the rest of their lives.
The Navy SEAL Foundation supports these individuals and the families of the wounded and lost. They are a top rated charity of a most worthy cause and I am always thrilled and honored to swim for them.
I know there is no shortage of noble causes this holiday season, but I hope that if you are reading this you will consider a contribution to SEALs and their family members via the Navy SEAL foundation. I feel certain that if you saw the event you would be as moved as I am. Let me paint a picture for you:
On Sunday, January 12, hundreds of swimmers--active SEALs, retired SEALs, military, and civilians alike--gather on Gandy Beach as the sun rises. Amidst the typical nervous energy we don our gear, hug our friends and family, and salute the flag as the sunrise paints the bay in steel and gold. Then, just before entering the water, each swimmer has the great honor of receiving a photo of a SEAL killed in action. We place that photo in our suit and carry him or her across the bay with us.
I have participated in many open ocean padding and swimming events, but I have never seen camaraderie like the Frogman Swim. Each wave of swimmers fires off the starting line for the 3 mile swim to the Tampa side. It is a race in every sense, but it's fueled more by a sense of community and a greater good than competitiveness. The water is cold, the current is tough, but when you reach the beach at Picnic Island every swimmer, and the SEAL they take with them, is ushered across the finish by a cheering crowd.
It is an honor to participate and play a role in supporting SEALs and their families. I invite any and all to come watch the event in person and I hope you will consider donating to my 2020 Frogman Swim. 100% of all donations goes to SEAL families.
Thanks and have a terrific holiday!
Fore more info:
Navy SEAL Foundation: https://www.navysealfoundation.org/
Tampa Bay Frogman Swim: http://www.tampabayfrogman.com/