The Bryant University men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams participated in the 2017 Swim Across America event on Saturday afternoon at Roger Wheeler Beach in Narraganset, Rhode Island.
“Community service events are a priority to our program,” head coach Katie Cameron said. “We value the importance of events like this, as we realize we are blessed to have our health and be collegiate athletes. We also value the importance of events like this as we all know people that are affected by cancer. We pray for those who are being treated, especially those close to the Bulldog family.”
In their fifth consecutive year, the Bulldogs raised their highest yearly total ever at $12,450, bringing their five-year total to over $54,000. The competitive one-mile ocean swim featured teams from around the region including Providence College, Boston University, the University of Connecticut, Assumption, Holy Cross and the University of Rhode Island.
Two Bulldogs raised over $1,000, with Zach DiGiaro totaling $1,250 and Ben Schulte finishing with $1,015 fundraised for the event.
In total, all of the teams surpassed the initial goal of $175,000 by raising $179,057.
Swim Across America is a non-profit corporation that runs events from Boston to San Francisco to support cancer research at the country’s finest hospitals and institutions. Proceeds from the Rhode Island swim go directly to Woman & Infants hospital, the largest and most diverse oncology service for woman in the Northeast, providing a broad spectrum of care for gynecological and breast cancers. It has evolved into a world-renowned, multi-disciplinary facility where clinicians uncover key answers to the questions of cancer, and focus on the needs of the patients and families.
Press Release courtesy of Bryant Athletics.