May 12, 2020
Navy SEAL Hudson River Swim Is Officially On For 2020 to Raise Awareness and Support for Military Veterans and Their Families During the Pandemic
A team of over 30 SEALs will be swimming 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; Event is the only legally sanctioned swim across Hudson River and one of the first events in the NY/NJ area since the COVID-19 outbreak began; SEALs will be swimming to benefit GI Go Fund and its mission to support veterans in getting the services they need
In response to the greatest global pandemic in decades, our Navy SEALs are ready to be the first in line to help the New York and New Jersey region recover and heal.
GI Go Fund is proud to announce that we are officially on for our second annual Navy SEAL Hudson River Swim and Run on August 8th, 2020. During the event, a team of U.S. Navy SEALs will be 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.
Along the route, the SEALs will make 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 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.
Event is the only legally sanctioned swim across Hudson River and one of the first events in the NY/NJ area since the COVID-19 outbreak began. The swim has support of officials in both New York and New Jersey, and a portion of the proceeds will go to benefit the .
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.
To learn more about the event, or to donate, visit gigo.org/sealswim.