The Annual One Hour Swim

A recent letter highlights our ongoing committment to the One Hour Swim. Please click on the image to read.

Team New York Aquatics nears its third decade as the largest "Masters" or adult competition swimming team in New York City. The program has a long history of involvement with and service to, gay/lesbian and community events and organizations, particularly to AIDS-related service delivery organizations, focused mostly by its annual one hour swim competition. Though a United States Masters Swimming sanctioned, national long- distance championship event, Team New York Aquatics uses the event as a fund-raiser whereby pledges of support are made for a selected recipient, matched to pool laps swum by a swimmer in one hour.

Total event contributions to community groups range from $24,000 to $40,000 each year. Since 2004, with the Phil Zwickler Charitable and Memorial Foundation Trust as one of many event sponsors, the Team New York Aquatics/One Hour Swim event has provided the AIDS Service Center with unrestricted donations of $10,000-15,000. In 2006, the Momentum Project also received $10,000 by being chosen a co-beneficiary of the event.

Volunteers from AIDS Service Center
The participation of the Phil Zwickler Charitable and Memorial Foundation Trust in the 2004 One Hour Swim led to the introduction of the work of the AIDS Service Center to its funding process.

In 2006 the same participation of the Phil Zwickler Charitable and Memorial Foundation Trust introduced the Momentum Project to the Team New York Aquatics selection process. Team New York's credibility in the gay/lesbian community and its careful vetting process for One Hour Swim recipients, has led to a highly productive and fruitful on-going collaboration with the Phil Zwickler Charitable and Memorial Foundation Trust. Phil Zwickler was a committed athlete during his life and would have felt strongly that a clear link existed between athletic team participation and community service.

Conrad Johnson was a dear friend of, and collaborator on many films with Phil Zwickler for 20 years. After ten years as Head Coach of YWCA Masters Swimming (a partner organizing sponsor of the One Hour Swim as well), he became the Head Coach of Team New York Aquatics in January 2006.

AIDS Service Center recently honored Team New York Aquatics by dedicating a room to their organization. They held a party in honor of the celebration, which included a room dedication and ribbon-cutting.

Celebration Party Program
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