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Our History

When a motorcycle accident in 2007 left founder and race director Corey Davis with a traumatic brain injury, rendering him unable to walk, the Johns Hopkins Brain and Stroke Rehabilitation Program became his only hope. After six months of treatment by a team of five professionals, led by neuropsychologist Dr. Kate (Kortte) Bechtold, Corey’s determination and the efforts of the rehabilitation program allowed him to stand on his own two feet again – a remarkable recovery given predictions that he would be wheelchair-bound for the rest of his life. Read more about Corey’s story here…

To give back to the program that helped him return to his previously active lifestyle, Corey conceived the idea of a swimming event, to be held in his native Ocean City, MD. The event will simultaneously raise funds for the Brain and Stroke Rehabilitation Program, increase awareness of brain injuries and recovery, and promote the positive effects that sports have on the brain and the body.

Swim Ocean City’s debut in 2013 resulted in the participation of over 160 swimmers and raised $22,000.00 for Johns Hopkins Hospital.

In 2014, Swim Ocean City was officially sanctioned by the World of Open Water Swimming (WOWSA), and combined with the East Coast SUP CUP hosted by local company Walk on Water to form the Ocean Games.