World Famous Local Swimmer Raising Money for Active RVA

If we’re going to make Richmond the most active community in the country, we’re going to need some tools to help get us there. We created ActiveRVA.org to be one of those tools.

Maybe you’re looking for some new ways to incorporate physical fitness into your day to day. Maybe you’re a representative from a company looking for new workplace wellness ideas. Or maybe you’re a teacher or a parent hoping to make the classroom more active. In order to bring you all that content and more, activerva.org needs funding. We started by applying for a grant from The Mary Morton Parsons Foundation, and they saw the potential.

The Mary Morton Parsons Foundation has awarded the Sports Backers a one-to-one challenge grant up to $100,000 to build out the Active RVA website, making it an interactive, dynamic, virtual resource center. These funds will allow for a constant flow of new news, tips, and info to hit these pages and enable us to build a hub for Richmond’s exploding active community.

“The Mary Morton Parsons Foundation is pleased to support a project that has the potential for a truly transformational impact on the health of Richmond region residents,” said Amy P. Nisenson, executive director of The Mary Morton Parsons Foundation.

The Sports Backers are now raising funds to designate towards this matching grant opportunity. Make a donation now and the Mary Morton Parsons Foundation will double the money!

Let’s get the fundraising started!

As local open water marathon swimmer Courtney Paulk sets her sights on her next swimming adventure on September 2, 2014 – the 20-mile Plymouth to Provincetown Swim across the American Channel – she plans to fundraise for Active RVA. This will jumpstart the fundraising efforts for the one-to-one challenge grant from The Mary Morton Parsons Foundation. The P2P Swim has been completed by only 6 individuals in history.Courtney Paulk swims open water

“I believe that by raising money for a charity, I will have the extra motivation I need to get across Cape Cod Bay,” said Paulk. “My goal is to raise $10,000, which would be matched by The Mary Morton Parsons Foundation for a total of $20,000.”

In September 2013, Paulk became the 79th individual and only the 29th woman to complete the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming. The Triple Crown consists of the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim (28.5 miles around Manhattan), the Catalina Channel (20.2 miles between Catalina Island and the mainland of California) and the English Channel (21 miles from Dover, England to Cap Gris Nez, France).

Follow her journey on her blog, Swim and Tonic and to support her, join Paulk in donating to Active RVA. Active RVA and the Sports Backers are 501(c)(3) and all donations are tax deductible.