Swimming & Diving Teams Participating In Relay For Life

Jan. 12, 2009

ATLANTA – The Georgia Tech Swimming and Diving Teams are currently raising money for April’s Relay for Life, an annual fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. This is the third straight year the team has been involved in this endeavor.

Several members of the team and coaching staff, led by event captains Jing Li and Dalton Hedberg, have been collecting donations at various events and will be outside the gates of the Alexander Memorial Coliseum before Wednesday night’s game against Duke (7:00 p.m.).

You can also make a donation online or see more information on the event here

“The swimming/diving teams have been involved with raising money for Relay for Life for the past three years and each year they increase their fund-raising goal to try to top what they raised the year before,” said Georgia Tech Director Of Total Person Support Services Leah Thomas. “Their involvement in Relay for Life each year is a true testament to the character of this team. They don’t ever hesitate to get involved in any community service events we have going on. If we don’t have anything coming up to help with, they find their own project. I have really appreciated their willingness to give back to the community.”

Relay for Life is the American Cancer Society’s annual fundraising event, hosted simultaneously across the country at numerous locations. It is a 12-hour event (from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.) during which cancer survivors and participants walk around a track all night symbolizing that cancer never sleeps. All funds raised for this event benefit the American Cancer Society and help the search for a cure. GT Swimming and Diving has been participating in the event held at Georgia Tech for the past few years and have also been one of the top fundraising teams. Last year, they raised nearly $2,500.

This year, the team goal is to raise $3,000 in the name of the late Penny Hagaman, the mother of team captain Johnny Hagaman, who passed away last November. So far, they’ve raised $1,331.69, which is 44% of their goal. They are currently the top fundraising team out of 35 currently registered for the Georgia Tech event.

The 2009 event will be held on April 10 at the CRC Field.

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