When Hurricane Sandy hit New York City in 2012, flooding the Downtown Community Center and much of Lower Manhattan, it was through the support and resilience of the downtown community that Manhattan Youth was able to recover, rebuild, and continue offering its programming to over 4,500 families.
This year, the Manhattan Youth Tritons Swim Team decided to pay it forward in response to the destruction that Hurricanes Irma and Maria caused in Puerto Rico. On December 3, 2017, members of the Tritons (ranging in age from 7 to 14 years) completed their second annual Swimathon. They chose to benefit the Club de Natación de Caguas, in Caguas, Puerto Rico.
At the swimathon, Tritons swimmers completed as many yards as possible in an hour, for a total of 3062 lengths of the pool combined. That’s almost 43 miles! To date, they have raised over $16,000 in donations for the Club de Natación de Caguas so that they can continue to offer programming to the kids in their community and complete necessary repairs on their pool and equipment. More information about the swimathon and the Club de NataciÃ³n de Caguas can be found here.