OCEAN CITY- The Ocean Games and corresponding East Coast SUP Cup return to the resort next weekend with hundreds of participants expected to compete in various long-distance swimming events all for a good cause.
The fourth annual event set for next Saturday features a nine-mile open ocean swim, a three-mile ocean swim and a one-mile ocean swim for competitors of all skill levels. Going on simultaneously will be the East Coast SUP Cup, a unique ocean paddleboard event that includes four-mile and two-mile elite and open paddleboard races as well as an up-and-back sprint race. New this year will be the Beach Flight Ultimate, a beach ultimate Frisbee competition.
While the spirited competition will be the highlight of next Saturday’s events, perhaps more important is the good cause for which the Ocean Games are dedicated- the Johns Hopkins Brain Rehabilitation Program. The event was conceived by Berlin native Corey Davis, who was treated at the Johns Hopkins Brain Rehabilitation Program following a brain injury he suffered in a motorcycle accident.
Davis regularly races in triathlons, half marathons and long distance swimming events. To give back to the program that helped him so much, Davis founded the Ocean Games as a way 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.