Laps for Love on August 24, 2017.

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What is Laps for Love?


At the age of 10, Grace Daniels, an avid swimmer, was presented an opportunity to help those in need. For every personal best swim time, Grace was given a small monetary reward from her parents. Instead of spending it on herself, she decided to take her earnings from swimming and donate them to the Charlotte Rescue Mission.


Laps for Love was established in 2015 by then 10-year-old Grace Daniels and is now managed by a board made up entirely of Charlotte youth. She felt that her goal for Laps for Love aligned perfectly with Charlotte Rescue Mission and established a partnership for fundraisers. In two years, Laps for Love has donated $36,965 to further Charlotte Rescue Mission’s success in transforming lives in the Charlotte community.


This year Laps for Love hopes to collect $40,000 through its swim-a-thon and Race the Rev competition. We hope to see you there!

Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center
800 E M.L.K. Jr Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28202
Thursday, August 24, 2017
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Thank you to our sponsors:

Kristin Bernard Realty                   Chem-Way

Here are some photos of last year’s event:

Meet the Board Members

Grace Daniels

Grace is a competitive swimmer for the Aquatic Team of Mecklenburg (ATOM). She has two siblings and loves to read, draw and listen to music. She loves being a board member of Laps for Love because she likes to help out in her community and enjoys the feeling of giving people a new chance at life! Plus, it involves swimming!

Riley Buelow

Riley is a competitive gymnast with her best event being beam. She also plays guitar and her favorite subject in school is math. In her free time, she loves playing outside, relaxing with friends and family and going on vacation, but she especially loves Laps for Love and the opportunity it provides me to help other.

Cate Darling

Cate is a competitive year-round swimmer for ATOM. She enjoys art (specifically watercolor) and has three siblings. She loves being a board member because she loves fundraisers and enjoys support a great cause while swimming.

Shelby Koelz

Shelby loves being part of the Laps for Love board because she gets to show God’s love to those in the community through swimming. She swims year-round at Stingray Aquatics Team and for her high school team, Brightmoor Barracudas. Her hobbies include biking, Bible journaling, listening to music, reading and hanging out with friends. Her family includes her parents, her younger sister and her dog, Ruby.

Avery Lyon

Avery is a student at South Charlotte Middle School. She plays lacrosse and swims at Beverly Crest Swim and Racquet Club. She has an older brother and a Jack Russel Terrier named Henry. Her hobbies include reading, singing and playing the guitar. She will also sing the National Anthem at Laps for Love.

Abbi Snyder

Abbi is a competitive swimmer year-round with Bad Fish Aquatics and plays volleyball. She has two sisters – an older sister and a twin – as well as three dogs and one horse. She loves being a board member because she gets the chance to give back to a community that has given so much to her.

Claire Swain

Claire is a seventh grader at Charlotte Christian School. Her favorite sports are swimming and volleyball. This year is her fifth year with BadFish Aquatics, her year-round swim team, and her third year playing volleyball with Carolina Juniors. She feels honored to be able to be part of the Laps for Love board and was touched that Grace wanted her to be alongside her during this journey.

Alison Thome

Alison’s hobbies include running track for her school, swimming year-round at SwimMAC Carolina and competing in triathlons in the summer. She enjoys being a member of the Laps for Love board because she loves to help people in need in her city and supporting the Charlotte Rescue Mission.