POTSDAM -- Swimming for Soldiers Swim-a-thon will be held March 15 from noon to 2 p.m. at SUNY Potsdam’s Maxcy Hall pool.
The event is hosted by members of the men’s and women’s swim teams. The event is a non-competitive swimming event where each dollar amount raised equals a length of time athletes swim relay style with their teams.
Teams will be broken into groups and will swim relay style 50's until the next group is called. A member of each team is to be in the water at all times. Water games will take place in the diving well and free t-shirt raffles will be drawn.
Locally among businesses, The Bagelry, Little Italy and Hot Tamale's have joined in the cause by putting up coin jars to accept donations. C.J.'s Bottle Redemption is also collecting cans and bottles to aid in the cause.
All proceeds will go to the SUNY Potsdam Operation Military Support (OMS) Group, who create care packages for soldiers overseas. Within the care package may include practical items such as hygiene products, magazines, non-perishable foods like beef jerky and other keepsakes that would remind soldiers of home.
Each athlete will receive a pledge sheet to ask for donations. The incentive is that the top 10 athletes who raise the most money will receive a free Swimming for Soldiers T-shirt.