$0 Total Raised

    $15,000 Goal

    0 Donors

    0 Fundraisers

    Swim and Fundraise!


    Our Top Swimmers

    Welcome to the fundraising page of The CYC 2023 NEPA Gives Endurance Swim Team!

    We've accepted a strenuous swimming challenge to support HVAC system replacement and aquatics upgrades at the Catholic Youth Center, a landmark nonprofit educational and recreational organization in downtown Wilkes-Barre that is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year.

    By fall of 2023, to continue unbroken swimming operations - including free swim lessons and open swim sessions for underprivileged children and vulnerable families as well as prestigious regional tournaments and local school and invitational meets - the CYC must raise enough money to replace its entire HVAC system and renovate its aquatics facility.

    We've agreed to POOL OUR RESOURCES - i.e., ask  our friends, family, employers, business partners and businesses we support, along with other personal contacts, to support us in our efforts to  help the CYC get this urgent project completed.

    We've agreed to attempt to swim 24 miles in 24 hours and would appreciate any level of sponsorship support you can offer. Obviously, as swimmers, we believe in the value of a pool, especially one that has become such a safe, fun space for so many children with socio-economic challenges who otherwise would have no access to a place to swim.

    Our marathon-in-water event will take place in conjunction with the NEPA Gives 2023 festivities and will run from 7 p.m. on Thursday June 1 until 7 p.m. Friday June 2. You are invited to support our individual campaigns by making a per-mile donation for our 24 miles. Swimmers' overall goal will be to stay in the pool all 24 hours. At the end of the 24 hours, the top three fundraisers will be awarded a customized gold, silver or bronze swim cap in recognition of their philanthropic success as well as their physical endurance.

    Any amount per mile is appreciated. THANK YOU FOR ANYTHING YOU CAN DO!

    Here are the specifics of this first-of-its-kind event:

    Event: Swim 24 Miles in 24 hours. The challenge is to complete one mile of swimming (1650 yards) every hour for 24 hours straight, totaling 24 miles in 24 hours.

    Date: The 24 hours of Friday, June 2. Swimmers will make their first splash at 7 p.m. on Thursday June 1, and the event will conclude at 7 p.m. on Friday June 2.

    Details: Swimmers will get in the pool every hour on the hour and complete a 1650-yard swim (one pool mile). The time remaining after they complete their mile will be spent resting, fueling, and preparing for the next swim. Swimmers will come prepared with their own feeds/snacks, etc. but also will be welcome to enjoy the snacks and beverages provided from 5:30 until 9 p.m. in the CYC gym as part of the simultaneous NEPA Gives Rally event. Swimmers also will have access to bleachers/deck space and locker room facilities during the event and may bring a cooler.

    Rules: Swimmers will complete the 1650 straight without equipment (no buoys, fins, paddles etc.) It cannot be broken into sets with rest time. Any stroke may be used. Swimmers will record their time after each swim for both accountability and safety. They MAY wear watches to count their laps and must wear traditional swimming attire only (cap, goggles, swimsuit). They will have one hour to complete the 1650 and must clear the pool after each 1650 and record their time. If they do not finish within one hour, they will not be allowed to continue. There are NO late starts. Swimmers must start at the horn at the top of the hour. There will be a warning prior to the start. No leaving the pool during the 1650 for bathroom breaks or aid (food/drink).

    Swimmers should have plenty of time after each 1650 to take care of themselves and prepare for their next swim. There is no requirement to complete all 24 hours, but swimmers' intention should be to attempt to.

    Purpose: Swimmers will test their endurance in this charitable long swim, which they can complete with others with very little organization or set-up. All proceeds from the fundraising portion of the swim endurance challenge will go directly to the CYC to support the urgently needed HVAC system replacement and other renovations at the pool. There will be media attention surrounding the event, as well as Facebook Live broadcasts and possibly television coverage.

    Who: By private invitation due to space limitations. This is an eight-lane pool. Swimmers may have to split a lane, but there will be no circle swimming. Please inquire if you would like an invitation. If we can accommodate you, we will. If space permits, swimmers will be allowed to form relay teams.

    Where: CYC Aquatics Center, 36 S. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701 Indoor eight-lane, 25-yard pool. www.wyomingvalleycyc.org

    Cost: Swimmers are asked to share a social media and email link before and during the 24-hour nonprofit fundraiser to spread awareness and help raise dollars from family and friends to support the HVAC and pool upgrades. There is no fundraising requirement, but philanthropic cooperation to make this a successful fundraiser is requested and deeply appreciated.

    Group meals will be arranged before and after the event at swimmer's own cost.

    Options: Because pool space is limited, this is primarily a solo challenge, meaning one swimmer attempting all 24 hours alone will be given preference. Our event will be limited to 16 solo swimmers. If space allows, relay teams can be formed to attempt the distance. Example: Two, four or six people can form a team and alternate swimming to complete the 24 hours. (Two people – 12 hours each, four people – six hours each, six people – four hours each.)

    For more info or with any questions, please contact:

    Mary Stella

    [email protected]



    For more than 70 years, the CYC, which rests on 2.5 downtown Wilkes-Barre acres, has provided a solid foundation for area youths. The CYC has developed the personalities, gifts, talents and goals of thousands of young men and women while serving as a major recreation agency as well as an early-childhood Keystone Stars education center for greater Wilkes-Barre.

    The original structure consisted of multipurpose rooms for programming and special events, with bowling lanes on the lower level. In 1959, the structure was expanded to include a gymnasium and swimming pool. More land was purchased in the 1970s that allowed for the construction of outdoor basketball and tennis courts and a playground. Through a capital expansion/improvement program, the CYC added a state-of-the-art aquatics center, converted the existing swimming pool into an additional gymnasium, remodeled its main gymnasium, and purchased land to create a park at the rear of the facility.

    Throughout its history, the CYC has evolved to meet changing community needs and now offers social and recreational opportunities to adults and senior citizens as it operates with a motto of "For The Young and the Young at Heart."

    The CYC also plays an economic development role in that its aquatics center serves as the home pool for both Holy Redeemer High School and Wilkes University and it hosts The Keystone State Games, which bring hundreds of extra people into downtown Wilkes-Barre per day while in session. All programming fosters physical, intellectual and moral development as it combats and prevents substance abuse and delinquency.

    Ninety-five percent of individuals served are low-income, and they depend on the CYC for unique offerings that include 24-hour child care and pick-up and drop-off transportation for respite care and drop-in recreation, physical activity and socialization.

    You have no fundraisers at this time.

    Be the first person to donate to the cause!

    © Diocese of Scranton. Powered by GiveSmart Fundraise Terms |Privacy Policy