• AIDING THE ATHLETE

    The FCEF strives to make a difference in the lives of inspired athletes who share Fran’s zeal and class. We provide athletes with financial resources, empowering them to continue to work their dreams and reach their goals through the Work the Dream Grant.

    FIND OUT ABOUT THE WORK THE DREAM GRANT
  • FCEF MISSION

    Empower athletes who exemplify the principles Fran embodied as they elevate themselves in pursuit of their dreams.

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  • FRAN'S LEGACY

    Help the FCEF reach its three distinct goals of athlete protection, financial support for athletes, and humanitarian exhange.

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  • ATHLETE PROTECTION

    Fran was a fervent advocate of fair play for all athletes. His goal was to increase the supervision of open water races, the presence of trained medical professionals, and the education of support staff.

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  • TEAM FRAN

    Fran believed that no dream was too small or big. It is our goal to support all athletes – no matter their ambition. Team Fran helps athletes Work the Dream while also raising money for the Fran Crippen Elevation Foundation.

    LEARN HOW TO BECOME A MEMBER OF TEAM FRAN

FRAN’S LEGACY Continues

Fran believed that sport has the power to transcend barriers, both those between people and those within oneself. No dream was too big for Fran, and he believed that there was no barrier that could not be overcome. That legacy continues with members of Team Fran all over the world.

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Featured News

  • WedOct 22

    Remembering Fran

    As we approach the anniversary of Fran’s death, the Crippen Family and the Fran Crippen Elevation Foundation is focused on celebrating Fran’s life. Since 2011, we have honored Fran’s spirit through our Work the Dream Grant, providing aspiring elite swimmers with financial resources to achieve their Olympic dreams. These grant awardees have turned out to be amazing […]

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  • TueOct 21

    ‘Work the Dream’ Grant Success

    While this time of year brings reflection on the loss of Fran, it is also a time of hope for the FCEF. From September – November, we engage in the process of picking the recipient of the Work the Dream Grant. This was established in 2011 with the goal of offering financial support to one […]

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  • MonOct 20

    Focus on safety in wake of ‘UAE Bid’

    Earlier this month, Bonnie Ford of ESPN reported on the UAE’s proposal to host an elite 10-kilometer open water race in 2015 . On Thursday, October 23rd, we will remember the fourth anniversary of the death of Fran Crippen during an elite 10-kilometer open water race in the same country that wants it back – the UAE. […]

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