August 3, 2019
History Made as Team of Navy SEALs Swim Across Hudson River Raising Over $185,000 to Support Military Veterans and Their Families
A team of over 30 SEALs swam across the Hudson River from Liberty State Park to Battery Park to honor our military veterans, their families, and all of those who died during 9/11 and the wars that followed that fateful day; Event was the first-ever legally sanctioned swim across Hudson River, with the full support of city and state officials, as well as local police and fire departments; Event was a fundraiser benefitting GI Go Fund and its mission to support veterans in getting the services they need
(Battery Park, NY) - A team of over 30 United States Navy SEALs swam 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 fateful day in the first Navy SEAL Hudson River Swim and Run on August 3rd, 2019.
The SEALs began their trek through the Hudson at Liberty State Park, where they each had Flags of Honor on their person throughout the event that features the names of all the men and women who died on 9/11. At the start of the swim, the SEALs performed push-ups and pull-ups in honor of Remington Peters, a Navy SEAL who tragically lost his life during Fleet Week 2017.
They then jumped in the water and made their way across the Hudson River, stopping at the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island to perform additional push-ups and pull-ups in celebration of America’s freedom and diversity. The SEALs concluded their trek across the river at the South Cove at Battery Park, where they ran from the shore to the finish line at the America’s Response Monument at Liberty Park to perform push-ups and pull-ups once more to commemorate 9/11 and the conflicts that ensued from that terrible September morning.
The event concluded with a ceremony at Liberty Park in front of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine, followed by SEALs placing small American flags and a wreath at the South Pool of the 9/11 Memorial to recognize the men and women who were lost that day. The ceremony will be followed by a luncheon at the 9/11 Memorial Museum for spectators and patriotic supporters.
The SEALs swam to benefit GI Go Fund in its mission to support veterans and their families with housing, health care, employment services, and financial aid. To date, the event has raised over $185,000 and counting.
A big factor in the high totals was the participation of Fox & Friends Pete Hegseth, who swam alongside the SEALs through the entire event while broadcasting live on the show, which allowed for the organization to reach viewers and potential donors throughout the country. During the swim alone, the organization raised nearly $40,000 through online donations thanks to the coverage.
Funds will go to providing housing support in NYC to end veteran homelessness in the city. Funds will also go towards providing support to unemployed veterans and veteran entrepreneurs through GI Go Fund’s innovative Veterans Center in Newark, NJ, which includes the first and only veteran incubator in the state of New Jersey and cutting-edge training technology to teach employment skills to veterans and their loved ones.
This event was the first-ever legally sanctioned swim across Hudson River, with New York City officials as well as state officials in both New York and New Jersey providing support on all levels to ensure success.
The event was sponsored by the Home Depot Foundation, McCarter & English, JobPath, EmpireVets, the NYC Department of Veterans Services, as well as the NYPD, FDNY, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department, and NJ State Police.
To learn more about the event, or to donate, visit gigo.org/sealswim.
About GI Go Fund
GI Go Fund is an organization on the cutting edge of offering support to veterans, providing them with: housing support and financial assistance; support in securing health care, educational benefits and other aid related to their VA benefits; and innovative ways of economic advancement through employment training, entrepreneurial incubator space, job referrals, and career mentorship. Since their founding, the organization has helped tens of thousands of veterans improve their lives and give them the capacity to provide and care for their loved ones.