"L Street Brownies" to Swim Again New Year's Day
Swimmers and Spectators Welcome!
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For Immediate Release
December 27, 2011
Released By:
Boston Centers for Youth & Families
For More Information Contact:
Sandy Holden
Sandy.Holden@cityofboston.gov

One of Boston’s oldest traditions continues this Sunday, January 1st, as 600 swimmers plunge into Boston Harbor for the annual “L Street Brownies New Year’s Day Swim.” 

Hosted by Boston Centers for Youth & Families’ Curley Community Center, 1663 Columbia Road in South Boston, the swim takes place at the “K” Street entrance of the center.  The swim starts at 8:00 a.m.  Doors open at 6:30 a.m. and close at 10:00 a.m.  Use of the men’s and women’s locker and shower rooms will be available.  This event has taken place for over 100 years.

The Brownies are the oldest “polar bear” swimming club in America and as indigenous to Boston as Fenway Park, the Swan Boats and Paul Revere.  The New Year’s Day swim is seen by millions on television locally and worldwide.  The Brownies promote health, fun and friendship.  Each year the swim is dedicated to past and recently deceased Brownies.

Both swimmers and spectators are welcome and creative costumes are encouraged.  Any "Brownie" donations from the swim go to the South Boston Sports Hall of Fame Scholarship Fund.  These college scholarships are awarded to South Boston residents who are high school seniors.

For more information, please contact Fred Ahern, Director of the Curley Community Center or Jack Dever, President of the “L” Street Brownies at 617-635-5104.

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