Since its inception in the Spring of 2010, the JAX50 has been a huge success in getting the North Florida community to support Planet Swim Foundation’s mission of making Northeast Florida Drowning Free!
The very first edition focused on helping one of our own, Olympic hopeful, Seun Adebiyi. After being diagnosed with lymphoblastic lymphoma and stem-sell leukemia, Seun had to put his Olympic dream on hold. In support on Seun’s fight, several Olympic medalists and world class swimmers participated in the inaugural event, which raised $10,000 to DKMS Americas and brought 66 new bone marrow donors to their network.
Today, with unwavering support from swimmers, coaches, volunteers and swimming enthusiast, the JAX50 has arguably become one of the fastest swim meets in the world. Most importantly, it has raised and funded swim lessons to over 1,000 children and adults in Northeast Florida. Names like Ryan Lochte, Kara Lynn Joyce, Matt Grevers, Cullen Jones, Amanda Weir, Fred Bousquets, Thiago Pereira, Josh Schneider, Caleb Dressel, Madison Kennedy, Jessica Hardy and many other Olympians have proudly supported the JAX50 by racing and teaching the young kids in our unique 3-day event format.