Swim for MS News - September 2019
Don’t Let the End of Summer Get You Down!
Anyone with the back-to-school blues, remember, summer is still going until September 23rd in our books! Use up those final days of nice weather with a Swim for MS challenge. Rally your community, family, and friends to give summer one last hurrah for a great cause!
Don’t forget to send your swim pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org. Who knows, you might be featured in our next e-blast!
Congratulations Team DragonFLY for being our Top Swim for MS Fundraiser in the month of August! Team DragonFLY raised more than $6,000 for MSAA!
Sign up for Swim for MS for your chance to be the top fundraiser next month and win a Swim for MS portable 2-in-1 cooler/chair!
How to Continue Your Swim for MS Challenge after Summer
If you don’t live somewhere that is warm all year-round, swimming outside is not ideal in the fall or winter. We love to hear about all of the creative ways our swimmers have participated in Swim for MS, even when the temperature outside is below freezing! Here are some tips on how you can make your challenge work during the chillier months.
- Get the Swim Team Involved! – High school and college swim seasons are usually in the winter. If you are not on the swim team yourself, suggest that the team get on board with your Swim for MS challenge and host your event during one of their practices!
- Find an Indoor Pool in Your Community – Most communities have an indoor pool close by at a gym, college campus, or community center. Work with the pool location’s staff to set-up your Swim for MS challenge at their location. You can hang flyers if they have an events board and try to get as many people in your community involved!
- Start Your Fundraising in the Fall – If you cannot find access to an indoor pool in your community, get a jumpstart on fundraising and plan to do the actual swimming as soon as the warm weather hits. That way, you can maximize donations and get as many people as possible on board!
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About Swim for MS
Swim for MS is MSAA's signature fundraiser in which volunteers create their own unique swim challenge while recruiting online donations from supporters. Swim challenges can range from swimming laps for pledges to jumping cannonballs for cash. Swim for MS appeals to swim enthusiasts of all ages, social and community groups, students seeking volunteer service hours, and families enjoying their backyard pool. For more information and to register, please visit SwimforMS.org.
The Multiple Sclerosis Association of America is a national nonprofit organization and leading resource for the entire MS community, improving lives today through vital services and support. MSAA provides free programs and services, such as: a toll-free Helpline; award-winning publications including a magazine, The Motivator; website featuring educational videos and research updates; S.E.A.R.C.H.™ program to assist the MS community with learning about different treatment choices; a mobile phone app, My MS Manager™; My MSAA Community, a safe online peer-to-peer network where members share their experiences with MS; a resource database, My MS Resource Locator; equipment distribution ranging from grab bars to wheelchairs; cooling accessories for heat-sensitive individuals; educational events and activities; MRI funding and insurance advocacy; and more. For additional information, please visit http://www.mymsaa.org or call (800) 532-7667.