Navy SEAL Hudson River Swim and Run
On August 7, 2021 a team of U.S. Navy SEALs will be joined by fellow veterans and military supporters swim across the Hudson River to honor our military veterans, their families, and all of those who died during 9/11 and the wars that followed that day.
Along the route, the SEALs stop at the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island to perform 100 push ups in honor of America's liberties, and 22 pull ups in recognition of 22 veterans who commit suicide every day. The event concludes in lower Manhattan to honor the victims of 9/11 and all those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country in the wars that followed.
For information regarding safety protocols for this year's swim, click here
Helping those affected by COVID-19 and more
This year, funds raised during the event go to benefit GI Go Fund efforts in:
- Ending veteran homelessness: There are currently over 4,000 homeless veterans in the United States, including over 800 in the New York/New Jersey area. Many more have become homeless over the past year due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Your support will help our mission to support these veterans during these difficult times.
- Job training and entrepreneurial support: We have developed the first and only Veteran Small Business Incubator in Newark, NJ for veteran entrepreneurs to grow their business. In conjunction with our Incubator, GI Go Fund has developed an incredible space that utilizes state-of-the-art technology. Funds will go to provide veterans with these services to ensure that they are able to find work in the aftermath of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
- Benefits, Healthcare, and Emergency Aid: Our offices have seen a 500% increase in requests for services across the board since the COVID-19 outbreak began. Proceeds from the swim will go towards supporting these veterans in need of assistance beyond housing and employment. This includes assisting with VA claims and appeals for their financial and healthcare benefits, as well as emergency aid to veterans in need of immediate financial support.
Be a Part of the Swim!
Think you have what it takes to go swimming with the SEALs?
Sign up to participate in one of the tryouts we will be hosting in the coming months. If you qualify, you can join the SEALs on August 7 and swim across the Hudson River to raise support for the nation's veterans!
Every little bit helps this year, and getting involved can make a huge difference for our military families. We raised over $200,000 in our first year alone with only 35 SEALs participating. With your help, we will far surpass that number and make a lasting impact on the lives of our servicemembers and their loved ones forever!