Tidewater Physical Therapy’s Karen Kovacs to Participate in Peace Frogs Bank-to-Bank Swim

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The annual charity swim will be held May 26 and raises money for children’s organizations in Tidewater, Va.

The Peace Frogs Bank-to-Bank Swim raises money for children's charities in Tidewater, Va.

In the eight years we have held the event, we have raised over $140,000 for children’s charities.

When swimmers take to the York River on May 26 for the 9th Annual Peace Frogs Bank-to-Bank Swim, Tidewater Physical Therapy’ s Karen Kovacs will be among them.

Not to win a race, or set a personal record, but to help the community.

Swimmers in this annual charity event have two feats to accomplish – a three mile open water swim and each raising $1,000 to support children’s charities.

“In the eight years we have held the event, we have raised over $140,000 for children’s charities,” said Peace Frogs founder and president, Catesby Jones.

The funds have supported groups including, among others, the Gloucester Boys and Girls Club and Rural Infant Services Program.

Without the participation of philanthropic minded swimmers, Jones said, “we could have never done this.”

Jones announced this month that the 2013 event will support the children’s programs at the Laurel Shelter, a safe haven for battered women in Gloucester, Va, and the Rural Infant Services Program, which aids young children with special needs, including physical therapy for infants to 3-year-olds.

Kovacs is a physical therapist, USAT Level 1-Coach, accomplished endurance athlete and clinical director of Tidewater Physical Therapy’s Gloucester Point location. She supports countless causes in Gloucester, Va. and in addition to treating patients in her clinic, has started educating new triathletes on best training practices.

“Plan your race and race your plan,” Kovacs tells every athlete she works with.

The Bank-to-Bank may not be a race with a winner, but Kovacs has started training for this swim and sharing her training tips on the Peace Frogs and Tidewater Physical Therapy Blogs.

The Bank-to-Bank swim crosses the York River, starting at Felgates Creek along Virginia’s Colonial Parkway near Williamsburg, and ending at a private residence in Gloucester County, tucked between Carter and Cedar Busk Creek.

Funds raised in the Bank-to-Bank event are invested in an endowment fund administered by the Gloucester Community Foundation, an affiliate of The Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia. The fund is designated to support children of the Tidewater, Va. region.

Donations are welcome at http://www.givegloucester.com. Select GIVE at the top of the page. Under gift information, select PEACE FROGS BANK TO BANK FUND.

Interested swimmers can register by contacting Jones via email at catesby(at)mindspring(dot)com.

“If you can’t swim, or you know someone who may be able to swim, please put them in touch with me,” Jones said.

Teams are permitted to register to share the swimming distance as well as fundraising requirements.

About Tidewater Physical Therapy:
Founded in 1986, Tidewater Physical Therapy is a physical therapist-owned, independent, outpatient physical therapy practice. Tidewater’s more than 30 clinics are located throughout Central and Southeastern Virginia. In 2011, Tidewater Physical Therapy expanded its services to include Tidewater Performance, offering personal and sports performance training for athletes and adults. There are two Performance Centers, located in Newport News and Gloucester.

About Peace Frogs:
Established more than 25 years ago by Catesby Jones, the Virginia-based Peace Frogs apparel company promotes positively peaceful living. The apparel and gift products are featured online, in more than 800 specialty stores around the world and via an annual catalog. With 16 free standing stores and 20 licensees, the Peace Frogs brand grows in popularity each year. For more information about Peace Frogs, contact Catesby Jones at catesby(at)mindspring(dot)com.

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