Excerpts from an email by a participant…
The third annual Tampa Bay Frogman swim was held yesterday. I have to admit that it took being here to fully appreciate what the event was really about. It was easy to get caught up in the swimming part of the event – some swimming superstars participated. I was fortunate to meet Olympian Brooke Bennett and Craig Lenning, who has accomplished the Swimming Triple Crown. But the day and event wasn’t about the swimming.
I know that I can’t express what the event was really about. Somewhere between the Opening Ceremony, where they read aloud the names of SEALs who died in service to our country, and the Closing Ceremony, where they talked about the incredible sacrifices made by some SEALs and the hope of those over coming serious injury, I lost count of the number of times my eyes welled up and I realized the event had nothing to do with swimming.
2012/2013/2015 TB Frogman finisher and Swimming Triple Crown finisher (2014)
7th annual Tampa Bay Frogman Swim
5k Open Water Swim and Fundraiser
January TBD, 2016
On January 3rd, 2010 with less than 3 weeks notice, over 100 people gathered at Gandy Beach to swim and support, raising over $30,000 for a severely injured active duty Navy SEAL. The swim has evolved into an annual event that has been formally named the Tampa Bay Frogman Swim and is now an official Navy SEAL Foundation fundraising event.
The goal of the Tampa Bay Frogman Swim is to build national awareness of the Naval Special Warfare community and support the Navy SEAL Foundation whose mission is to provide immediate and ongoing support and assistance to the Naval Special Warfare community and their families.
Come swim with the Navy SEALs and help us “never leave a man behind”
Rory O’Connor (SEAL)
CDR Dan O’Shea, USNR (SEAL)