What is included in my registration fee?

You will receive a t-shirt (made by rescued women in India through Freeset!), swim cap, food (Chick-fil-A, Yola's Cafe, etc.) and a goodie bag at the event, not to mention being part of something awesome!

How do I raise pledges?

First, come to our Kickoff Party on March 18 from 4:30 to 6:30pm, PlayN Wisconsin (3919 Parmenter St, Middleton) to hear IJM staff Susan Umlor talk about IJM's work and how this organization is changing the world by rescuing slaves and bringing justice to the poor. We'll give you essential tools for fundraising, such as our pledge sheets, and set up your team's own IJM campaign page to show your friends and family. It will be a blast, as PlayN Wisconsin equipment, such as trampolines and playsets, will be available. Time is set aside to play around with friends! Parents are encouraged to come too. You won't want to miss it! Then, tell everyone what you're up to! Pledges can be flat amounts (e.g. $30 no matter how many laps) or per lap (e.g. $1 per lap for a particular swimmer or for a team). Donations will be given through our IJM campaign pages and will go directly to IJM, a non-profit organization, so donations will be tax-deductible.

Where are the Kickoff resources?

Here you go:
Slideshow with highlights from 2016-2017 Freedom Swim events (mp4 video)
Susan's IJM presentation (PDF)
IJM: Fighting to End Slavery. For Good. (mp4 video)
Gideon's Rescue (mp4 video)
Ellen's Event Details and Fundraising Tips (PDF)
Pledge Sheet (PDF)
Instructions for IJM Fundraising Pages (PDF)
Special Thank You from Liz West, IJM Director of Strategy and Execution for Global Programs (mp4 video)
2017 IJM Fact Sheet: Print and share with your sponsors

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

Sure -- if you decide not to swim, please find a substitute swimmer! Just contact us and we'll help you with this.

Do I have to fundraise to be part of this event?

No. Fundraising is totally at the discretion of the families. But we're fundraising to end slavery... we do hope you'll at least ask a few people!

Do I have to bring a printed ticket to the event?

No. We'll check you in when you arrive, but you do need to be registered in advance.

What happens if our team doesn't find enough swimmers?

If you can't find 6 or more swimmers, we will do our best to help you form a team. 6 is the minimum to qualify for team prizes, to help us offset event costs. We reserve the right to move swimmers between teams as needed, although we'll do our best to keep you with your peeps! If you wind up swimming with a team of less than 6, that is still ok, and your efforts are just as important.

Can my parent or friend volunteer to help with the event?

Absolutely! You'll see a place in the registration to offer to help us out.

What are the rules for swimmers?

Swimmers are allowed to use paddles, flotation, wetsuits, kickboards. No diving, no running, no flippers. Food is allowed in the lobby area of the pool but not on deck. At least one swimmer in the lane during the entire 2 hours in order to qualify for team prizes. Have fun!

Are spectators allowed to stand by the lanes?

Sure, as long as it doesn't become too hard for swimmers and lap counters to move around -- just be considerate of others in this regard.

What should swimmers do when they need a break?

Hop out of the water but stay by your lane whenever you can. Of course bathroom breaks are necessary sometimes! Cold? Start swimming again!

What are the team prizes?

First prize (highest fundraising team): 12 Rockin' Jump passes and 12 $10 gift certificates to The Shoe Box! Second prize: 12 PlayN Wisconsin weekend passes.

Would leaving early disqualify a swimmer from the team prizes?

No, as long as someone from the team is still swimming until 12:00.

What about food?

Food is not allowed on the pool deck, so it needs to stay in the lobby or outside. Spectators may purchase food from the Crescendo Coffee Bar in the lobby. Swimmers can take turns with teammates going to the lobby for a quick snack provided for them at 11:00 (First Wave) or 1:00 (Second Wave). At 12:00 and 2:00, there will be lots of food provided in the lobby for the swimmers.

What is the cut-off for donations?

Online donations and checks received before 4/14/18 at 11:00pm will be counted toward the prizes. Checks and online donations received from then until 5/30 will be part of the Freedom Swim campaign total but not counted toward team prizes.

Can swimmers under age 6 swim?

Yes! Swimmers ages 3-6 are invited to join our "Little Freedom Swimmers" team! Each will swim one lap, assisted by a parent/adult, before the main event begins. Last year's LFS team raised $915 for IJM!! Contact us if your child is interested in being a Little Frreedom Swimmer (no registration required).