For the past four years, a growing group of intrepid open water swimmers hop into mid-winter Tampa Bay and swim 5km (3.1mi) to raise money for the Navy SEAL Foundation. Each swimmer is also a fundraiser - in addition to corporate support, swimmers generate donations for their participation in the event. This year's TBFS is scheduled for January 19, 2014.
Every Tampa Bay Frogman Swim swimmer is accompanied by a kayaker in a safety/support role. For the past two years, I've supported Becca Mann in the Swim. Becca is a teenaged swimming phenom and Olympic qualifier who, at age 14, finished third overall, and at 15 finished first in the event.
Becca and I will be working together again this year. As a swimmer, she in charged with raising $1,000 or more. This is the first year that kayakers can also participate in the fundraising side. Right now I am well below the $1,000 target with only a couple of weeks left before the event.
I know any of you reading this would participate and support a swimmer if you could. Instead, how about this: consider taking some of what you'd spend on gas and snacks for the morning (plus aspirin and Ben Gay the next day, for some of us), and donate that amount to the cause. Donations to the NSF are tax-deductible - get those last credits in for 2013! Whatever the date and amount, every dollar makes a difference for Navy SEALs and their families - especially those who remain after members of the Naval Special Warfare community don't make it home after a mission...
Please click on http://www.yakangler.com/tbfs to be redirected to the fundraising page. Let's show these folks just what support from the kayaking fishing community really means!
For more information on either the Tampa Bay Frogman Swim or the Navy SEAL Foundation, please click on their logos at the top of the post.
Thank you in advance for your help in making the 2014 TBFS an even bigger success!
Tight lines, and stay safe...