Swim for MS News – October 2013

The October 2013 Winner is…
Congratulations, Auburn Swimming and Diving – BLUE TEAM 2013, for being the top Swim for MS fundraiser during the month of September!

Check out Auburn Swimming and Diving – BLUE TEAM’s page and support their Swim!

Thumbs up - Benefits of SwimmingBenefits of Swimming:

  • The ability to do more with less
  • Increased muscle tone & strength
  • Improved flexibility
  • A healthier heart
  • Controlled weight
  • Improved cholesterol
  • Lower risk of diabetes
  • Lower stress

Be a part of Swim for MS – please register today!

Swim for MS swimsuits from HARDCORESWIM

Swim for MS Swimsuit Partnership:
MSAA has partnered with HARDCORESWIM to provide exclusive Swim for MS swimsuits. Two different Swim for MS styles are available for men and women. Check out the Swim for MS page on their site and order your suit today!

Spread the Word:
Once you start your Swim for MS, don’t forget to post pictures of your Swim on social media and tag MSAA!

Facebook: facebook.com/MSassociation
Twitter: @MSassociation
Use hashtag #SwimForMS

In Other News:
Please visit our Swim for MS News archive on SwimForMS.org for more information on our CaféPress site, as well as our Swim for MS partners, Pura Vida and HARDCORESWIM.

If you have any questions, please contact us at swim@mymsaa.org.

Thank you for your support, and happy swimming!

Multiple Sclerosis Association of America (MSAA)

#SwimForMS – use this hashtag when talking about Swim for MS on Twitter!

Tweet about your Swim for MS!

Swim for MS is supported by our National Sponsor, Genzyme Corporation; our Distribution Sponsors including SwimOutlet.com and Fitter Faster Tour; and our Swim for MS partner, HARDCORESWIM.

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Swim for MS News – September 2013

The September 2013 Winner is…
Congratulations, Nick Fedirko, for being the top Swim for MS fundraiser during the month of August!

Check out Nick’s Swim for MS page

Dive into action and Swim for MS!

Swim for MS - Multiple Sclerosis Association of AmericaSwim for MS is our national fundraiser in which volunteers are encouraged to create their own swim challenge while recruiting online donations to support the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America (MSAA). Swim for MS is unique because MSAA does not plan the event – you do! As a Swim for MS volunteer, you have the opportunity to create and arrange your own special Swim activity. You can participate individually or recruit other swim enthusiasts to form a team.

You’ll find many fun and creative ways to dive into action and raise funds for MS. Popular Swim for MS activities fall into two main categories:

  • Go the Distance – individuals or teams set a challenge goal to swim a certain amount of laps, distance or time during one day or over a set period of time (i.e. swim 500 laps in 30 days to raise $1,000 for MSAA)
  • Make a Splash – participants turn fun pool activities into exciting fundraisers such as pool volleyball tournaments, cannonball jumping contests, and more! You can even dedicate your next birthday party as a Swim for MS Pool Party.

Be a part of Swim for MS – please register today!

Swim for MS swimsuits from HARDCORESWIM

Swim for MS Swimsuit Partnership
MSAA has partnered with HARDCORESWIM to provide exclusive Swim for MS swimsuits. Two different Swim for MS styles are available for men and women. Check out the Swim for MS page on their site and order your suit today!

Spread the Word
Once you start your Swim for MS, don’t forget to post pictures of your Swim on social media and tag MSAA!

Facebook: facebook.com/msassociation
Twitter: @MSassociation
Use hashtag #SwimForMS

In Other News
Please visit our Swim for MS News archive on SwimForMS.org for more information on our CaféPress site, as well as our Swim for MS partners, Pura Vida and HARDCORESWIM.

If you have any questions, please contact us at swim@mymsaa.org.

Thank you for your support, and happy swimming!

Multiple Sclerosis Association of America (MSAA)

#SwimForMS – use this hashtag when talking about Swim for MS on Twitter!

Twitter icon Tweet about your Swim for MS!

Swim for MS is supported by our National Sponsor, Genzyme Corporation; our Distribution Sponsors including SwimOutlet.com and Fitter Faster Tour; and our Swim for MS partner, HARDCORESWIM.

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Swim for MS News – July 2013

The July 2013 Winners are…
Missy Franklin Autographed Photo:
Congratulations Julia, for being the top Swim for MS fundraiser during the month of June!

Swimsuit Prize:
Congratulations Kara for winning a Swim for MS swimsuit! This suit was designed and made by HARDCORESWIM!

How do I Swim for MS?
Go the Distance – Individuals or teams set a challenge goal to swim a certain amount of laps, distance, or time during one day or over a set period of time.

Make a Splash – Participants turn fun pool activities into exciting fundraisers such as pool volleyball tournaments, cannonball jumping contests, and more!

How do I receive Community Service Credit?
If you or someone you know needs to fulfill community service hours – Swim for MS! Swim for MS is a “virtual volunteer opportunity” – this means that you contribute as much time as you can – when you can!

  • Register online at SwimForMS.org.
  • Set your challenge goal – Swim 100 laps in 10 hours and raise $150.
  • Ask your friends and family to support your cause.
  • Keep a log of hours swam and track your progress on your page.
  • Once completed, email swim@mymsaa.org to receive a confirmation letter of your hours!

Swim for MS Swimsuit Partnership
MSAA has partnered with HARDCORESWIM to provide exclusive Swim for MS swimsuits! HARDCORESWIM is based in Southern California and all items, from start to finish, are produced in the USA. Two different Swim for MS styles are available for men and women! Check out the Swim for MS page on their site and order your suit today!

In Other News
Please visit our Swim for MS News section on SwimForMS.org for more information on our CaféPress site, as well as our Swim for MS partners, Pura Vida and HARDCORESWIM.

If you have any questions, please contact us at swim@mymsaa.org.

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Swim for MS Update

Don’t miss your chance to be a part of the action!

Dive into Swim for MS today!

MSAA is pleased to announce a new prize for participants in the Swim for MS program: beginning in March, the top fundraiser for the previous month will receive an autographed photo of Missy Franklin! (Our first monthly prize will be awarded in March to the participant who has the highest Swim for MS fundraising total for the month of February.)

Missy Franklin MSAA Swim for MS Ambassador

Missy Franklin MSAA Swim for MS Ambassador

Sign up today to begin your Swim for MS and your chance to win an autographed photo of Four-time Olympic gold medalist and MSAA Swim for MS Ambassador Missy Franklin!

About Swim for MS

Swim for MS is a national fundraiser in which volunteers are encouraged to create their own swim challenge while recruiting online donations to support MSAA and the MS community. You can participate individually or recruit other swim enthusiasts to form a team.

Participation as easy as 1-2-3!

  1. Create your swim activity
  2. Set your challenge goal
  3. Recruit online donations

To register, please go to SwimForMS.org. After you complete your registration, select “Access your Participant Center Now” to create your online fundraising page! To inspire you, please check out our Swim for MS Profiles for examples of how to create your Swim for MS challenge

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Rock Out MS and Sharkfest San Diego

After carefully mapping out the direction of Active with MS, I finally decided the first event I wanted to do to inspire MS patients to be active would be an open water swim and that swim would go to benefit MSAA. After going to a MSAA event in San Diego, I learned MSAA was recruiting volunteers for a swim fundraiser. I grew up a swimmer, I love open water races, it was too perfect to not participate. After looking at the list of local races for the year in San Diego I decided on participating in Sharkfest on October 14th, a race that goes from the San Diego Convention Center to the Coronado Side of the Coronado Bridge, a distance of a little over a mile. While this should be a fun event for people to go to I really wanted to create an additional event that would allow me to meet more new people and have fun with my family and friends. To accomplish this I am putting together a benefit concert on October 12th to serve as the main fundraiser for my swim.

The concert will be at Robbie’s Roadhouse Bar and Grille located at 530 N. Coast Hwy 101 Leucadia, California 92024. The talented Jesse Cox Syn-Drum will be providing live music from 6:30-10:30 and there will be a silent auction. In addition the restaurant will be donating a portion of the money spent on food and drinks to the cause as well. If you are in the area come by and say hi and join in on the fun. I’m really looking forward to this event, I’m expecting a lot of people and I really want this fundraiser to be successful for MSAA. If you can’t make it please still consider donating to my race at

http://support.mymsaa.org/site/TR/Swim1Mile/General?px=1548101&pg=personal&fr_id=1100

MS will never get the better of me, I am determined to stay strong and beat it. I hope you feel the same way. I have MS right now but I still believe there is a chance that one day I won’t. In the meantime I will continue to stay active and create events like these for MSAA and hopefully find more people to join me.

No matter how you help the MS community, thank you. Stay active, Stay positive, Go forth and beat MS.

 http://activewithms.com/

 

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Presenting MSAA’s Artist of the Month for August 2012

MSAA is very proud to present our 2012 Art Showcasecelebrating the work of artists affected by MS.

August Artist of the Month:

Margie Kapaczewski – Philadelphia, PA

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<p>House on a Lake by Margie Kapaczewski

 

 

 

 

 

 Change in life is inevitable. However, we create time stamps along the way…painting is my time stamp. It is the moment that I become intentionally lost in my thoughts and inspiration. I create my vision and stamp it onto a canvas, a paper, or a piece of material to keep forever.

With MS, memory is a gift…without MS, memory is still a gift. Art is my visual memory where I can reflect on a time with fondness or be triumphant as I was strong enough to make it through.”
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Be inspired – please send an online card featuring artwork by MS artist Margie Kapaczewski and spread awareness of MS and MSAA.

 

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The London 2012 Olympic Games Begin Tonight!

Celebrate the Olympics with Swim for MS

MSAA’s Swim for MS Pool Party

This Friday, July 27, the Summer Olympic Games Opening Ceremonies in London will usher in 17 days of competition among 204 countries.

Among the most exciting events to watch will be the swimming and diving events, especially with the strong team that the USA has put together. The first swimming event is scheduled to begin on Saturday, July 28.

As a great way to show your patriotism, cheer on the USA, and help support MSAA, we are encouraging volunteers to host a Swim for MS Pool Party during these next exciting two weeks of the Olympic Games.

Once signed up for your Pool Party, please be sure to take pictures and post them to MSAA’s FacebookTwitter  or YouTube  pages!

If you are looking for ideas to host an Olympic-themed Pool Party – check out MSAA’s new Pinterest Page.  You will find links to games, food, and other great tips for making your Swim for MS Pool Party a great success!

Please sign up today by visiting http://msaapoolparty.org. Go Team USA!

About Swim for MS Pool Party:

The Swim for MS Pool Party is part of MSAA’s popular Swim for MS program. It is a one-day event volunteers host in their own backyard or community pool.

To plan a Swim for MS Pool Party, volunteers first select a date, then select an activity – such as cannonballs, swimming laps or even a game of Marco Polo – and finally collect pledges from friends and family for the activity chosen.

It’s as easy as 1-2-3!

Pick a Date,

Join the Party,

100 Days to Make A Difference!

#SwimForMS

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