Swimmers made a splash for the YMCA of Greenwich Sunday morning
"Today is our second annual Y Mile Swim and Pool Party," said Ed Philipp, President & CEO of the YMCA of Greenwich
Swimmer of all levels were encouraged to participate in the mile swim & pool party, raising funds for the Y's programs.
"All the money raised today goes to the Y and it helps us with our financial assistance programs. We provide finanical assistance for membership, after school care, summer camp, learn to swim programs and basically we do not turn anybody away based on availablity to pay," said Philipp.
Father/son duo Derek & Liam Brown returned to the Y Mile after a then 6-year Liam raised $590 last year. This year they surpassed their goal and raised almost $3.000 for the Y.
When asked why he wanted to participate inthe Y Mile Swim for the second year in a row, Liam said, "because I'm competitive."
"Last year we signed up for it and we did it as a relay and I thought it was a good opportunity to introduce him [Liam] to try to raise money for charity,"said Derek Brown.
Swimmers say giving back to the community and staying healthy keeps them coming back to the Y.
Ann Cipoletti raised $3,970 for the YMCA of Greenwich this year. She said, "I moved to Greenwich a couple years ago and I swam in college at Florida State. I've swam my entire life and recently joined the Y to start swimming again and I thought, why not; I'll raise some money for something that I've done."
Connor Wills, who coached the Marlins Swim Team at the YMCA of Greenwich got involved in the Mile Swim this year for a different reason. "In October I was diagnosed with a brain tumor," said Wills. "Everything is ok now but I got a little out of shape going through the surgery and recovery and I have since made it my goal to get back in shape."
Swim School Director Samantha Lusher says seeing kids participate in the swim is important.
"It's great to have all the kids here swimming. It shows that our programs are doing what they are actually supposed to be doing - teaching kids how to swim and how to be safe around water," said Lusher.
For more information about the YMCA of Greenwich, visit www.greenwichymca.org.