IRVINE, California. May 4. THE Novaquatics Swim Team will be hosting the Dave Denniston Relay Across America again this year on May 13th at the Woollett Aquatic Center in Irvine. After a tremendous turn-out and positive feedback from last year's event, the Novaquatics decided to try and make it an annual event. With the majority of Dave's medical expenses covered from his sledding accident last year that left him paralyzed from the waist down, this year's event will help other kids and young adults who are paralyzed. Those benefiting from this years event are currently trying to learn to walk again, like Dave, at Project Walk in Carlsbad, California.
At this year's event, Olympians Natalie Coughlin, Lenny Krazelburg, Jason Lezak as well as Jessica Hardy and several National Team members past and present will be on hand and participating in the relays. Of course, Dave Denniston will be on deck and in the pool swimming. This year Dave will walk to the pool to start off the event!
"This is going to be a lot of fun," says Denniston. "Last year I was given so much through this event, now I'm trying to give back. All of the volunteers and organizers have done a wonderful job of making this happen again."
All of the proceeds will go to the National Transplant Assistance Fund which will then help pay for paralyzed children and young adults to attend Project Walk and regain the ability to stand and walk again. The National Transplant Assistance Fund has over 23 years experience empowering people to raise money in their communities to cover uninsured medical expenses related to transplantation and catastrophic injury. NTAF works hand-in-hand with Project Walk to help paralyzed people regain mobility.
Participants raising $50 or more will receive a t-shirt designed by Dave and raffle tickets for prizes.
The Dave Denniston Relays will feature:
-Relays of up to 5 people racing 500 yards.
-Raffle Prizes such as ipod’s, Surfboards, Video Games, Digital Camera's, Movie Tickets and more.
-Lots of food from shaved ice to homemade tamales.
Sign-in starts at 8:30 am and is followed by a free pancake breakfast.
The event is not just for swimmers. Parents, coaches, celebrities, or anyone who wishes to participate are welcome to join in the festivities. Those that want to swim can sign-up on the day of the event. Registration packets and information can be found at www.novaquatics.com or www.davedenniston.com.