Two San Ramon Valley High School graduates have successfully raised thousands of dollars for athletes who have sustained costly injuries.
As of Friday, Katie and Jake’s Swim-A-Thon and Bellyflop contest has raised over $20,000, with donations continuing to be collected. Proceeds from the fundraiser will go toward Swim with Mike, a scholarship fund for physically challenged athletes.
“It was so great seeing all these members of our community come together to raise money for a good cause,” said Jake Javier, one of the organizers.
Javier organized the event with fellow Danville local Katie Pasichuke, both of whom organized the fundraiser and judged participants bellyflopping skills.
“The event went really well! People were coming and swimming laps throughout the day and the ‘Biggest Splash’ event was a ton of fun,” Javier said via email. “We had a young girl place first in it to win a T-shirt and jellybeans.”
"It went so incredibly -- the support and love I received from my friends in the Bay and across the country really amazed me! I am so proud of what we accomplished for the organization and scholarship fund," Pasichuke added.
Since its inception, Swim With Mike has raised over $20 million for 218 scholarships at 111 universities across the country. In fact the organization also has global influence, having sponsored numerous international students. All in continuation of its mission: “turning tragedy into triumph and triumph into opportunity."
Javier and Pasichuke are both recipients of the Swim With Mike Scholarship funds and saw their swim-a-thon as an opportunity to give back to an organization that has helped them afford higher education.
“Medical bills for everyone in the disabled community are really expensive so sometimes (making) tuition can be really hard,” Pasichuke said. "The more word that goes out the more people we can help.”