Richard Henahan, of West Irondequoit, will swim 15 miles across Canandaigua Lake to support Mary’s Place Refugee Outreach Center, and expects his seven-hour trek to end at noon Aug. 5 at Kershaw Park, 155 Lakeshore Drive, Canandaigua.
Henahan is seeking donations pledged through YouCaring, a crowdfunding site. The donations will directly support The Worldwide Tribe, a grassroots organization dedicated to providing relief and awareness to refugees in crisis.
All funds received will be matched up to $10,000 and given to Mary’s Place.
“My hope is to raise awareness for the refugee crisis by educating people about the refugee experience from an international and local perspective,” Henahan said.
Mary’s Place is a nonprofit refugee outreach center in northwest Rochester. Its mission is to reach out in love, hope and service to refugees of all faiths and nationalities, particularly those in the Maplewood-Edgerton neighborhood.
Henahan, a University of Tennessee alumnus, was a 12-time Division 1 All-American. He placed third in the 100 backstroke in 2010, 2011 and 2012 at the SEC Championship. Henahan competed in the 2008 and 2012 U.S. Olympic trials.