Our story began in 2010 when our founder, Nick Alaga, a veteran of the US Navy and an avid open water swimmer, came up with the idea to turn his swimming into a personal fundraiser. The challenge was to swim around the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf -- without a wetsuit, in the middle of winter -- in exchange for donations from his co-workers.
With help from a handful of friends, Nick trained, acclimated for the cold, and swam around the wharf as he had pledged to his sponsors. Nick raised $3,200 that year. And Will Swim For Food was born.
Swimmers from around the country have joined Nick in the effort since that first swim. To date, we have raised over $250,000 for food banks from Virginia to Hawaii.
We are back for the 2018-19 season. Sponsor a swimmer today.