Corey Davis hopes to turn his personal hardship into triumph for others with his new charitable event, Swim Ocean City that hits the water July 20
To say Corey Davis has overcome adversity would be an understatement. The 44-year-old Ocean City resident (who turns 45 on July 18) spent seven weeks in a coma following an accident in which he and his motorcycle were forced off a roadway at 50 mph in 2006. Months of hospital and rehabilitation treatments followed, and for the first year of his recovery, he could barely walk.
An all-around athlete prior to the accident, Corey has used his traumatic brain injury (TBI) as motivation to continue to heal – both cognitively and physically. He sees sports not only as a gauge of his progress but also as a means to raise awareness and funds for furthering clinical-research studies of brain injuries.
Davis has participated in many swimming, biking and running events to raise money for the medical institutions and programs he feels indebted to but never organized one – until now. With the support of several individuals, including Ocean City Beach Patrol Captain Butch Ardin, Johns Hopkins neuropsychologist Kate Kortte, Traci McNeil, Sandy Deely and Dave Speier, Davis has created Swim Ocean City, which will take place on July 20. The event will offer one-, three- and nine-mile courses and will run parallel to the shoreline with the cooperation with the Ocean City Beach Patrol crew and U.S. Coast Guard. Swim Ocean City’s goal is to provide the ultimate ocean swim experience for all swimmers, from novice to elite, while raising awareness and funds for the Johns Hopkins Outpatient NeuroRehabilitation Program (ONRP), which has been an integral part of Corey’s continuing recovery.
All three swims will be in the direction of the current, with starting locations based on those factors. Time restrictions for all three races will be in place, with mandatory time qualifications for the nine-mile event.
A construction-company owner prior to the crash, Davis works today as a mentor to disabled individuals in their mid-to-late 20s. He also serves on the Traumatic Brain Injury board for the state of Maryland and speaks to patients with brain injuries on behalf of Johns Hopkins. — JW
For additional information or to register for Swim Ocean City, visit CrossingCurrentsAquatics.com/Swim-Ocean-City.