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Marriott International & USA Swimming Celebrate 2012 Golden Goggle Awards

2012-11-16 10:55 ET - News Release

America's Swim Team Medalists Meet Fans at Pre-Ceremony Event

NEW YORK, Nov. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --


Marriott International, in partnership with USA Swimming, will hold an autograph session and photo opportunity with members of America's Swim Team on Monday, November 19th, from 11:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m. outside of the New York Marriott Marquis, Times Square Pedestrian Plaza to gear up for the 9th Annual Golden Goggle Awards.


Athletes: Gold Medalists Matt Grevers, Dana Vollmer, Peter Vanderkaay, Nick Thoman and Tyler McGill


Monday, November 19

11:00 am – Event start

11:30 am - 1:30pm – athlete appearances – Tyler McGill, Dana Vollmer & Matt Grevers

1:15 pm – 1:30pm – Photo opportunity with all athletes

1:30 pm – 3:30pm – athlete appearances – Peter Vanderkaay & Nick Thoman

4:00 pm – Event close


Outside of the New York Marriott Marquis, Times Square Pedestrian Plaza

The top swimmers in the U.S. will reconvene in Times Square on November 19 for the 2012 USA Swimming Golden Goggle Awards. A total of 10 Golden Goggle awards will be presented this year, including the Impact Award and Athlete Humanitarian Award, the latter which is given out once every four years.

Marriott International is the official hotel sponsor of USA Swimming, the national governing body of swimming in the United States. As part of the sponsorship, Marriott provides USA Swimming's 300,000 members with special member benefits, and is the preferred hotel brand for all USA Swimming events.

As a part of Marriott's partnership, a percentage of every hotel stay booked through the member travel portal will benefit the USA Swimming Foundation's Make a Splash initiative. Each year, Marriott will match those dollars to provide free or low cost swimming lessons.

Proceeds from the Golden Goggle Awards will benefit the USA Swimming Foundation, whose mission is to save lives and build champions – in the pool and in life. In addition to its Make a Splash initiative, a national, child-focused water safety campaign that stresses the importance of learning to swim, the USA Swimming Foundation supports the U.S. National Team and its development efforts aim to establish an endowment to strengthen the future of USA Swimming's programs and services.

About USA Swimming
As the National Governing Body for the sport of swimming in the United States, USA Swimming is a 300,000-member service organization that promotes the culture of swimming by creating opportunities for swimmers and coaches of all backgrounds to participate and advance in the sport through clubs, events and education. Our membership is comprised of swimmers from the age group level to the Olympic Team, as well as coaches and volunteers. USA Swimming is responsible for selecting and training teams for international competition including the Olympic Games, and strives to serve the sport through its core objectives: Build the base, Promote the sport, Achieve competitive success. For more information, visit www.usaswimming.org.

About Marriott International
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