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Swim Team Fundraiser - Please consider supporting Hope for Henry Challenge
In an effort to build team unity, while also making a profound impact in our community, the YHS Swim and Dive team has established the 2017 Hope for Henry Challenge!
Hope for Henry is reinventing how hospitals care for seriously ill children and their families in the DC area through innovative programs that entertain, reduce stress and empower children to be active participants in their own care. Battling serious illnesses can be exhausting, defeating, and incredibly difficult--Hope for Henry enhances the process for children during their hospital stays through a range of programs, including movie nights, superhero costume parties, coordinating pro athlete visits to the hospitals and much more!
Over the winter holiday, athletes are working to raise pledged donations towards making individual time improvements in the second half of the season. Using the times each athlete has recorded in the first two months of the season, the coaches will track each athlete's time dropped in every event they swim. DSA Mike Krulfeld and Coach Torey Ortmayer have each already pledged to donate $.01 for every .1s dropped in every event, guaranteeing 100% participation. Additionally, athletes are raising pledges from friends and loved ones, by identifying clear goals they hope to achieve in the water and nailing down an agreeable price point for doing so. Similar to how Hope for Henry's children must remain physically and mentally committed to their treatment to work to become healthy, athletes must equally commit to making progress in their sport.
The Swim and Dive team is looking forward to this partnership and will be teaming up with Hope for Henry later in the season to make valentines day cards for patients they work with by hosting their Teen Board at YHS for a crafts session. At the end of the season, the team will recognize the top three raisers during the winter sports banquet. All funds raised during the season will be combined as a team donation for the Hope for Henry Foundation, made towards their annual 5K in May, which the team plans to have a presence at.
If you or someone you know would like to get involved with the 2017 Hope for Henry Challenge, please contact the coaches atYHSswimdive@gmail.com