Nov. 12, 2009
ATLANTA – The Georgia Tech swimming & diving teams took part in the fourth annual “Hour of Power Relay” for Cancer Research this past Tuesday.
The event honors Carleton College swimmer Ted Mullin, who passed away in the fall of 2006 from sarcoma, a rare soft-tissue cancer. Funds raised through the event support research at the University of Chicago into the causes and treatment of sarcoma in young people.
“I am very glad that we had the opportunity to participate in the Hour of Power,” said swimming head coach Courtney Shealy Hart. I don’t think there is a person out there who has not been touched by cancer in some way. Ted was a collegiate swimmer, and therefore it gave special significance for this team.”
The Yellow Jackets, along with over 130 colleges, club teams and high school squads, simultaneously swam the Carleton College “Leave it in the Pool – Hour of Power” relay set at 5 p.m. EST/4 p.m. CST or 5 p.m. MST/ 4 p.m. PST on Tuesday. Participants in the event were asked gather pledges and donations for the Ted Mullin Fund for Sarcoma Research at the University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital.
When the event began in 2006, 15 teams joined together to raise team spirit, cancer awareness and $11,000. Last year, the number of participating teams exploded to 104, including 85 college and university programs, 17 high school & club teams, and two students-abroad teams. In 2008, these nearly 6000 athletes raised over $50,000 for the Fund, bringing the three-year total to more than $100,000.
For more information on the Hour of Power Relay for Cancer Research, please visit :http://apps.carleton.edu/athletics/varsity_sports/mens_swimming_and_diving/hour_of_power_relay