VMI Swim and Dive Teams to Take Part in Hour of Power
LEXINGTON, Va. - The VMI men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams will take part in the 13th annual Ted Mullin "Leave it in the Pool" Hour of Power Relay for Sarcoma Research Tuesday at 5 p.m. in the Clark King pool.
The event is sponsored by the Carleton College swimming and diving teams and honors those who are fighting or have succumbed to cancer, including former Carleton swimmer Edward H. "Ted" Mullin, who passed away from synovial sarcoma, a rare soft-tissue cancer, in September 2006.
The annual swim relay, which now includes dryland teams as well, has grown from 15 teams in its first year to over 166 teams and more than 8,600 athletes across the nation and the world in recent years. Participating swim teams engage in continuous relays of any stroke for a full hour of all-out swimming. Dryland teams engage in their particular sport non-stop for a full hour.
“I’m very excited to continue our participation in the Hour of Power,” said VMI head coach Andrew Bretscher. “The Ted Mullin fund has done an amazing job promoting sarcoma and raising over a million dollars for sarcoma research. Being a part of the effort to spread awareness for this rare disease is a tremendous honor, and it is great to get a chance to swim for a higher purpose. Additionally, the athletes love giving it their all for an entire hour of racing, while also knowing that hundreds of other teams across the country are doing the exact same thing.”
In the event’s first 12 years, participating teams have raised $738,000 to support research at the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital into the causes and treatment of sarcoma and other rare pediatric cancers. From all sources, the Ted Mullin Fund has now raised over $1.25 million.
For more information, go to http://go.carleton.edu/HourOfPower.