All funds raised will go towards Denniston and his rehabilitation at Project Walk (www.projectwalk.org) where he intends to regain use of his legs. A non-profit organization in Carlsbad, California, Project Walk's mission states: our mission is to prove that certain spinal cord injuries doesn't mean a lifetime in a wheelchair, that recovery is possible.
At various sites across the country, relay teams, consisting of six people per team, will swim 10 lengths of a 25-yard pool. Swimming is optional, however, as participants will be permitted to use floaties, inner tubes and other means of completing the 10 laps.
Six categories have been developed including age group, master's, coaches, corporate/public service, adapted and recreational. You may enter as a designated team or register individually and be assigned to a team.
The top individual fundraiser at each site will receive a special commemorative award and all participants raising a minimum of $50 will receive a t-shirt designed by Denniston. Throughout the day, swimmers will be able to participate in various water events, raffles, live entertainment and much more depending on the site.
For more information on the Relay Across America and its locations, or on how to donate to the Dave Denniston Fund, visit www.davedenniston.com.
Denniston visited Auburn in April to help celebrate the men's team winning the 2005 NCAA Championship. He spoke at the team's banquet and participated in a pair of fund-raisers to help his rehab.
Auburn coach David Marsh says, "I just hope and pray he comes out of this and is able to function as he would like to."
Marsh says Denniston was a clutch performer for the Tigers. "He was one of our all-time classics," the coach says. "He was an All-American, an SEC and NCAA champion multiple times and held a world record. He always had a focus about him that made him determined to get to his goal."