I want to thank everyone who supported me in the Tampa Bay Frogman. All of your thoughts, prayers and well wishes are greatly appreciated. This tremendous event benefits the Navy SEAL Foundation.

I found out the night before the swim that it was being canceled due to weather. A storm producing gale force winds moved in and caused 4 to 5 foot swells in the bay. This same system produced the tornado in Sarasota, Fla., that killed two people. Above all, I know that if an event run by former SEALs was canceled due to safety concerns, it’s definitely not safe.

Ultimately, this is a great cause. I was assigned Navy SEAL Nicholas Spehar of Minnesota for this event. Nicholas was serving on the elite SEAL Team Six, when, on Aug. 6, 2011, his Chinook helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan. Thirty U.S. Servicemen lost their lives that day trying to get to and help some Army Rangers who had come under fire. His picture is below.

We raised more than $15,000 in support of the Navy SEAL Foundation, a four star rated charity by Charity Navigator. The Foundation supports SEALs and their families in times of crisis, and supports families of SEALs killed in action.

I trained hard for this event and did it to support this great cause. While I’m certainly disappointed that the weather didn’t allow the actual swim, I’m very humbled to have been able to participate in such a worthy cause. The overall event raised almost $500,000 for the Foundation.

Thank you for all of your support, and God Bless our servicemen.



NicholasSpehar Former Navy SEAL Nicholas Spehar