August 8, 2020
Over $200,000 raised during 2nd Annual Navy SEAL Hudson River Swim to Support for Military Veterans and Their Families During the COVID-19 Pandemic
A team of nearly 60 Navy SEALs and military supporters swam across the Hudson River from Liberty State Park to lower Manhattan to honor our military veterans, their families, and all of those who died during 9/11 and the wars that followed that fateful day; SEALs swam to benefit GI Go Fund and its mission to support veterans in getting the services they need
(Liberty State Park, NJ) - GI Go Fund was proud to host its second annual Navy SEAL Hudson River Swim and Run on August 8th, 2020. During the event, a team of U.S. Navy SEALs were joined by fellow veterans and military supporters swim across the Hudson River to raise funds for veterans and first responders affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic, including ending veteran homelessness and providing job training and entrepreneurial support.
The event kicked off at the Empty Sky Memorial in Jersey City’s Liberty State Park, where they ran southbound along the boardwalk to Black Tom Island at the south end of the park carrying American Flags. Before they arrived at Black Tom Island, they performed 100 push-ups in honor of America's freedom and diversity before jumping in the water.
Along their swim route, the SEALs made stops near 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 concluded at the North Cove Marina 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.
In recognition of all local guidance related to COVID-19, this event was closed to the public, and all requirements for masks, social distancing, and sanitizing surfaces were enforced throughout the event.
This year, funds raised during the event go to benefit GI Go Fund efforts in:
- COVID-19 Pandemic: Active duty military personnel, veterans called back into service, and emergency first responders have been serving with doctors and nurses during the COVID-19 Pandemic. They have been supporting test centers, setting up field hospitals, serving on the USNS Comfort and Mercy, delivering food and supplies to people in need, and more. Thousands of these brave men and women have since been stricken with the virus, and some have tragically lost their lives. We will raise money to help provide health care and financial support to these heroes and their loved ones.
- 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 are expected in the coming months due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. We will work to house all these veterans and bring an end to veteran homelessness. In addition, GI Go Fund is proud to launch our Veteran Supply Depot Program to provide clothing supplies to worthy organizations and causes to offer to homeless veterans in need. Our organization is currently accepting applications from organizations interested in receiving these services now, and will be accepting additional clothing donations throughout the year to benefit military veterans throughout the New York City region.
- Job training and entrepreneurial support: We have developed the first and only Veteran Small Business Incubator 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.
This year’s event was sponsored by BCB Bank, McCarter & English, Bloomberg Philanthropies, DonJon Marine, JobPath, Empire Vets, Sungalife, MASF, Boston Common Coffee, CSI Security & Electric Inc., NW Recovery, Frog Fuel, Templar Titan, Virsig, and Dragon Fly Elite.
o learn more about the event, or to donate, visit gigo.org/sealswim.