About Ocean Games
The Ocean Games’ mission is to provide the ultimate ocean experience for novice and elite athletes alike and to raise funds for the Johns Hopkins Brain and Stroke Rehabilitation Program as well as help local charities and families. We also hope that the Ocean Games will serve to increase awareness of brain injuries and recovery, and promote the positive effects that sports have on the brain and the body.
Our Founder: Corey Davis
Swim Ocean City/Ocean Games was conceived in the summer of 2013 by Founder and Director, Corey Davis. Corey was in a serious motorcycle accident in June 2006 in which he sustained a lacerated kidney, crushed pelvis, dislocated bones in his hand, a separated shoulder and significant cognitive impairments due to traumatic brain injury (TBI). 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.
I think of my brain as a computer with a virus. Everything's still there, but it might take a little longer to process things.
- Corey Davis
A few years later, Corey was not only back on his own two feet, but also completing triathlons and long distance swims such as the 4.4 mile Chesapeake Bay Swim and the 7.5 miles Potomac Swim!
To give back to the Johns Hopkins program that helped him return to his previously active lifestyle, Corey conceived the idea of an open water swim competition in his native Ocean City, MD to 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.
Corey leads the Ocean Games team of volunteers with passion, enthusiasm and experience to ensure a fun, safe event for all.