Dave Sanderson Speaks International

About Me

On January 15th, 2009, US Airways Flight 1549 rapidly descended towards the Hudson River, the aircraft was going to crash. During the final 60 seconds of your life, what would you do? In what has come to be known as the “Miracle on the Hudson” the plane landed in the Hudson River, I opened my eyes to find that I was alive, but my life was changed forever. After surviving the plane crash, I started receiving calls from people around the world, asking me that tough question, “How did you get back on a plane”? The question now is: "Why would you get back into the Hudson River after you had to swim to save your life?" Today, more than ever, people need firsthand experience and guidance on how to bounce back from tumultuous times and grow from traumatic life events and crises. My goal is simple. I want to support those who have sacrificed their lives to give us all our freedom by showing how to bounce back from the turbulent times our veterans and first responders have faced. I have invested my time and effort to help raise over $14,000,000 for those going through traumatic life experiences, including the United States Military, and now I am dedicating my efforts to help the veteran community. My goal is to raise $7500 for the GI Go Fund. To be a part of this event and show your gratitude to our troops, simply donate here.

About Event

The event will commemorate the 20 year anniversary of the attacks on September 11. This year's swim will also honor the 10 year anniversary of Extortion 17, which was the call sign for a U.S. CH-47 Chinook military helicopter that was shot down on August 6, 2011 in Afghanistan. The crash occurred while transporting a quick reaction force attempting to reinforce a unit of Army Rangers, resulting in the worst loss of U.S. Military life in a single incident in the Afghanistan campaign.

Along the route, a team of U.S. Navy SEALs will swim to the Statue of Liberty and then Ellis Island before arriving in Battery Park. At each stop, SEALs will perform pushups and pullups to honor America’s liberties, diversity, and those who have fought to preserve them. Upon their arrival at Battery Park, the SEALs will run towards One World Trade Center and end their journey at the America’s Response Monument.

The Navy SEAL Swim and Run will help GI Go raise funds for veterans in the New York/New Jersey Region, including ending veteran homelessness in New York City, and funding the veteran small business incubator and training center. Donate now to support this amazing event.

Recent Donations

  • $25John Worrell
    I appreciate what you are doing for our veteran community.
  • $50Richard & Margee Boner
    We want to help homeless veterans and support Dave as he swims the Hudson River
  • $100MB OBriant
    Go Dave! I’m a military Mom and love what you are doing. ❤️
  • $20Tammy Lynn Laird
    My father cared deeply for other Veterans and I believe he will understand my desire to support you!
  • $100Ellen & Gary Hineman
    Kudos to Dave for Being the Change!
  • $25Becky
    So proud of you my friend!
  • $50Maria
    Sending love, Dave! Continue inspiring xo
  • $15Amanda Prince
    Thanking God for protecting your precious life
  • $25Amanda Prince
    Crush it Dave! -Amanda
  • $15Bronwyn Schmidt
    Absolutely awe-inspiring! What an amazing tribute to veterans & first responders. Go Dave!
  • $75The Rick / Skelton Family
    I remember the day!
  • $25Melissa Naylor
    Our First Responders are every day front line heroes. I want to help support you supporting them.
  • George Henderson
    I have the utmost respect for the men and women in uniform. I equally have the same respect for Dave’s support and facing a challenge that nearly took his life.
  • $25Brad Sherwin
    Dave is sacrificing a lot for this, it's the least I could do!
  • $100Terri Sanderson
    Proud supporter and member of Team Dave Seal Swim 2021
  • Lisa VanBrackle
    $15 for Dave, whom I’ve never met. $15 to honor my son who is active duty Navy and about to deploy. And the last $15 for the cause. Godspeed Dave!
  • $15Nita Stallard
    Dave Sanderson rocks for First Responders and Veterans!
  • Emy Sok
  • $25Thom Matson
    Dave Sanderson is amazing!
  • $50Debbie Immel and Dana Weis
  • $50Alyson Bell
    He is an amazing example of courage, strength and living life out loud! Also a fellow passenger.
  • $25Cathy Williamson
    Supporting my friend and hero, Dave Sanderson and his very worthy cause.
  • $15Michele "Mimi" Maki
    Dave has been my hero for years in supporting the American Red Cross. This is an honor to support his efforts. Go Dave!
  • $25Danne Smith Mathis
    Because I am a human being a US Army mom a mother a grandmother and a lover of life
  • $500Martha Allen
    Dave has put his heart and soul behind his words and followed up with action at every opportunity to help others. Thank you so much for your commitment to the American Red Cross and to helping veterans.
  • $15Ed Collupy
  • $50Kimberly Shell
    My father was a veteran. Go Dave!
  • $100Goat
  • $30Sheryl Entwistle
  • $15Jana Detherage
    As a Veteran, supporting other Veterans in need is something I never hesitate to do. They are my brothers, sisters and fellow soldiers for life.
  • $75Debbi Mayer Ellis
    $15.00 each for the 5 “15’s” you had that day! My Navy family is proud to support you, Dave. Godspeed on your journey! 🇺🇸🏊‍♂️
  • $25gary w. burnett
    We need to support those that make it possible for us to live free in this great country.
  • $50Iris Juergens
    Dave, you are a miracle. Bless you for sharing your gift, you are an inspiration.
  • $50Stephanie Whitson
  • Janice D'Aloia
    Supporting Dave Sanderson is important to me as well as supporting our veterans.
  • $25Stephanie Kinsey
    Happy to support another moment in your life that matters!
  • $100CoCo
    You are MY hero! You reaching new goals right around the time of a birthday is the best present a daughter could ask for. You inspire me more than any other person I know. Thank you for being brave and a amazing role model. Can’t wAit to see you swim!!!! Love you!
  • $50Rania Walker
    As a member of Dave's team, I can attest to the devotion and dedication Dave has to the betterment of other's lives, especially First Responders (as the wife of a first responder) and members of the Military. Your support of this initiative knows know bounds and we are so proud to support you in this small way.
  • $100Adriana Girdler
    You continue to motive and inspire others in all you do. What a gift you give!
  • $100Adria Epley
    Dave your drive and commitment to training for this event is outstanding and you genuinely want to help people succeed. And I am humbled by and grateful for all our first responders.
  • $50ali memita
    I swim with Dave at MSA Masters in Indian Trail, NC ;-) Keep swimming, Dave.. YOU GOT THIS!!
  • $50Kevin McLemore
    Reach One-Teach One and Find One Thousand reason 2B Kind 2Someone
  • $50Cynthia Schneider
    To honor those who serve
  • $25Amiee Idan
    Honoring the men and women that serve our country.
  • $20Tina Eul
  • $100Dana Russell
    Dave is a good friend and classmate. I enjoyed hearing him speak at Apple Blossom this year and I want to support his mission. TU
  • $40Courtney Sanderson
    I am supporting my Dad who will be partaking in this event. I am also supporting for all our first responders who sacrifice their lives for others.



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