Swim for The Light

November 16, 2021

Swim for the Light

For the second year in a row, Xavier College Preparatory swimmers brought awareness to change the stigma around mental health issues through Swim for the Light fundraiser.

The event was hosted at and along with Brophy College Prep, swimmers raised money for Valleywise Health Foundation. The swimmers gathered at the Brophy Pool on Saturday to swim 100-yard relay legs and encourage donations.

In 2020, Xavier College Preparatory swimmer Kelly Scott became aware of the toll the pandemic took on many young people in our community. She approached Valleywise with the idea of a virtual swim relay, and Swim for the Light was born.

The virtual swim-a-thon tripled Kelly’s fundraising goal and raised nearly $6,000 for behavioral health programs for teens and young adults at Valleywise Health, Arizona’s public teaching health system.

This year, Xavier College Preparatory senior Ashleigh Baros took charge of Swim for the Light and invited the Valley’s swim community to give back. More than $8,000 was raised for programs geared toward young adults.

In raising awareness, the swimmers changed the conversation about mental health to remove the stigma and encourage young people to talk about the importance of taking care of themselves and others.

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