16-Year-Old Will Swim 28 Miles Around Manhattan to Raise Awareness of Children International
Angel More will become the youngest female to ever attempt the 20 Bridges swim.
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It doesn’t just stop at swimming for this rising senior though—she has set records for hiking as well and has raised more than $58,000 for Children International in doing so. When she was 10 years old, she became the youngest girl to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest point in Africa and the tallest free-standing mountain in the world.
Other places where Angel has swam before include the Santa Barbara Channel, which is a 12-mile swim between Anacapa and the California mainland, the Catalina Channel, a 20-mile swim between Santa Catalina Island and Rancho Palos Verdes that took her 14.5 hours, and a swim through Lake Tahoe in its entirety, which she completed in August 2018 by swimming 21.3 miles in 15 hours.
Angel has been a swimmer since she was 2. At age 11, she completed her first open swim: a 1.5-mile, 40-minute journey from Alcatraz Island in the San Francisco Bay back to shore.
Philanthropy work isn’t new to Angel either. Last year, she organized an “Escape from Alcatraz to Escape from Poverty” swim around Alcatraz that raised more than $8,000 for Children International.
“This summer, along with my training, I have been working on my college applications,” Angel wrote on her blog page. “I know how important education is, and I am so grateful for all the opportunities that I have been born with. I am really excited to start a new chapter in my education journey and be able to learn more about what I am interested in," she wrote. "I want to be able to share my opportunities with deserving, intelligent kids. I HOPE you’ll join me. Let's break the cycle of poverty for children around the world through education.”
To donate to Children International’s HOPE scholarship fund, visit Angel's GoFundMe page, and be sure to keep a look out for coverage of her swim on Saturday, August 17 at Pier A in Battery Park.
Main Image: Angel More completing her Catalina swim. Courtesy of Dara Kaplan.