'The Big Swim' Meet and Benefit on May 3

April 25, 2014 2:02:05 PM PDT
On May 3, one thousand kids from across New York City will jump into the Asphalt Green pool during the nonprofit organization's 19th Annual Big Swim Meet and Benefit. Hosted by three-time Olympic gold medalist Rowdy Gaines, and featuring Olympic gold and bronze medalist Jessica Hardy and Olympian Dominik Meichtry, this day-long free swim meet is open to swimmers ages 6-12 years old who will experience an authentic race: starting blocks, officials, a timed finish, and medals.

1,000 kid swimmers
New York City elected officials
Host: Rowdy Gaines, Olympic gold medalist & NBC Sports commentator Other Olympians and elite athletes

WHEN: Saturday, May 3, 2014 ? 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM

WHERE: Asphalt Green AquaCenter, 1750 York Avenue (at 91st Street)

11:00 AM - Doors Open
11:30 AM - Olympic Exhibition featuring Olympians, elite athletes, synchronized swimmers and divers, the AUGA Team, and graduates of Asphalt Green's Waterproofing program
12:00 PM - The Big Swim Meet featuring kids ages 6-12

Proceeds from The Big Swim support Asphalt Green's FIT KIDS FIT CITY campaign, which will transform the lives of 30,000 New York City kids this year through sports and fitness, including its nationally-recognized learn-to-swim program, Waterproofing. Since 1994, Waterproofing has combatted childhood drowning and obesity by teaching more than 30,000 New York City children how to swim. Many of The Big Swim participants will be Waterproofing students from low-income communities in Harlem, the South Bronx and Brooklyn.

As part of The Big Swim, Asphalt Green will host a family-friendly benefit luncheon. Guests will enjoy an exclusive opportunity to take pictures with and get autographs from the Olympians. They will also have VIP seating for the special exhibition featuring Olympians, elite athletes, and synchronized swimmers and divers.

The 2014 Big Swim Honorary Committee includes U.S. Senators Kristen E. Gillibrand and Charles Schumer, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Council Members Margaret Chin and Ben Kallos, State Senators Jose Serrano, Daniel L. Squadron, and Liz Kreuger, and Assemblyman Micah Kellner.

For more information about The Big Swim, visit www.asphaltgreen.org/bigswim.