Swim 4 Humanity


On May, 16, 2010 the Makos participated in Swim 4 Humanity in Long Beach, NY.

Swim 4 Humanity is a fundraising event benefiting SurfAid International. Hosted in eight cities on the west and east coasts from March to May 2010, monies raised will go towards SurfAid's humanitarian programs.

The Manhattan Makos were the top fundraising team of the event, raising more than $10,000 for charity.

Congratulations to the Makos for all their hard work, support and good will in swimming for this great cause!!


Charity Water

In May 2008, the Manhattan hosted and participated in their first mock swim meet. All Makos participated, including some exciting coaches races. Makos raisied over $6,000 for charity:water which used this to build two water wells in Congo and Eithipoia. Swimmers were able to track the process of the wells and even received thank you pictures from the villages. Charity:water is a non-profit organization bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations.

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On October 7, 2015 the Manhattan Makos hosted the Red vs White intersquad swim meet for Mako swimmers aged 9 and younger. All proceeds from the entry fees for the meet were donated to the SurfForAll charity. SurfForAll is a volunteer organization out of Long beach, NY which connects special needs children, Wounded Warriors and economically disadvantaged families with opportunities to swim and surf free of cost. The Makos raised just under $800 at this meet. Thanks to all the Mako swimmers and coaches for making this meet for such a great cause happen.

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On December 1, 2012 the Manhattan Makos held the Imagine Invite swim meet at Flushing Meadows Aquatic Center. All of the proceeds of the event went to Waves4Water and their Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund. The Makos raised $1,435 at this meet.

On December 7, 2013 the Manhattan Makos held another Imagine Invite swim meet. Despite a year having passed since the destruction of Hurricane Sandy, the Makos felt there was still much to be done. So once again, the Makos donated all of the proceeds of this event to Waves4Water and their Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund. The Makos raised $2,000. Three Olympians raced in the 2013 Imagine Invite to support the cause, including gold medalist Anthony Ervin.

Waves4Water is an organization that works on the front line to provide clean water to communities in need around the world whether the community is impoverished or struck by disaster. Their goal is to take existing clean water solutions in the form of portable water filters and put them into countries and locations that need them. With these filters dirty water becomes instantly clean and drinkable. The organization has raised over $1.5 million and reached 350,000 people in need.

For more info on Waves4Water:


On April 22, 2015, the Manhattan Makos hosted the Red vs White intersquad swim meet for the Silver and Gold training squads (ages 11-18). A fundraiser was made to support Komera, which creates opportunities for children in Africa. In Rwanda “komera” means “be strong, have courage.”

Komera builds self-confident young women through education, community and sport. Komera provides its scholars with full tuition, including room and board, at a public boarding house in Rwanda. In addition, Komera arranges for the scholars to meet with mentors once a week as a means of building a local community of support. Finally Komera, emphasizes empowerment and positive body image through sport. The work Komera is doing is changing the lives and futures of many Rwandan girls. The Makos raised an impressive $9,595 at its meet to support Komera.

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