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JUNEAU - The Glacier Swim Club kicked off its annual fundraising event, Aqualaps, on Saturday. Swimmers will be seeking pledge donations from their family, friends and neighbors for the next few weeks. Then, on May 2 each swimmer will swim as many as 200 laps to meet their pledge responsibilities (lap goals are set by coaches, and vary between 50 and 200 laps, depending on each swimmers ability).
New this year is the GSC Aqualaps "Give Back" Challenge. For every pledge collected GSC will donate five minutes of clean up time to Juneau. Using last year's numbers this will be about 1½ hours clean up time per swimmer. When you make an Aqualaps pledge you are not only supporting GSC and encouraging kids to do their personal best, but you are also making a donation to the beautification of our wonderful community. Swimmers will clean up with their coaches on the Friday before the Citywide Clean up Day in May.
The Glacier Swim Club is a non-profit organization offering a year-round swimming program for boys and girls ages 6 to 18. The participants learn correct swimming techniques, gain physical endurance and develop team spirit and sportsmanship. The swimmers travel throughout Southeast Alaska and the Interior representing Juneau in age-group competition.
Glacier Swim Club was started in 1973 and Aqulaps is a long-standing Glacier Swim Club tradition. Donations made to swimmers are tax-deductible.
For more information about this fundraiser or sponsorship opportunities, please call Helen Davies at 364-3363 or Monica Gross at 586-6789.