In spite of the recession, aquatics facilities have raised more than $300,000 for cancer research and other charitable causes.

Last month, Colorado Time Systems partnered with All Swimmers Unite at the American Swimming Coaches Association World Clinic to raise awareness and funds for men’s and women’s collegiate swim programs. All Swimmers Unite is currently creating an endowment for teams that face elimination due to budget cuts. Additionally, former Olympic swimmer Kara Lynn Joyce joined hundreds of amateur swimmers at Lake Eerie to raise funds for pediatric cancer research and patient care.

Earlier in the summer, the 14th Annual Plunge for Patients at The Wildwoods in New Jersey featured Karaoke for Cancer; Camelbeach Mountain Waterpark in Tannersville, Pa., held the Splash for Lupus Day, part of its ongoing Big Give Initiative; and Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari in Santa Claus, Ind., raised $275,000 in its annual Walk to Cure Diabetes, benefiting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Likewise, Six Flags Over Georgia hosted A Walk in the Park: Celebration of Courage, a 3k walk that raised $25,000 to combat cancer and childhood blood disorders. The park also served as a starting point for Ride for Kids, in which 1,000 motorcyclists rode in support of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation.

Additionally, Raging Rivers in Grafton, Ill., recently opened its doors to 2,500 local children with life-threatening illnesses, with help from the Make-A-Wish Foundation.