ROCHESTER, Mich. -- The Oakland swim team will host its fifth annual Water to Water fundraiser to help raise money to people globally that do not have access to potable water Friday, April 15 at 3:00 p.m. at the Oakland Aquatic Center. The event will be open to all Oakland University students.
“As student athletes I think it is extremely important to be active in the community,” said Takara Martin. “Our community gives us so much support throughout the season that when we are able to come together and give back, our student athletes really jump at the opportunity.”
Participants interested in swimming at this event will form a relay team. Each relay team will consist of four people: one swimmer from the Oakland swim team and three other people of the participants' choosing. Oakland swimmers will be assigned to the relay teams if participants do not know or have a swimmer selected at sign up.
Each team will swim in four themed relays with each relay member swimming no more than one length of the pool at a time.
Water to Water was started in 2011 by former Oakland swimmer Candace Savonen. “In the past, the event has been open exclusively to the athletics. However, this year we will be opening up the event to the entire student body,” said Hannah Oswald.
Participants can sign up online or at the Oakland Center Wednesday, March 30 and Thursday, April 7 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Donations can also be made online or by giving a check or cash donation to an Oakland swimmer. Donations can be made up to the day of the event.
“Our goal is to try to raise at least $2,000 for the Thirst Relief Foundation,” said Kyle Larson. “The Thirst Relief Foundation is dedicated to providing fresh drinking water to those who cannot obtain it for themselves.”