VMI Swim and Dive Teams Take Part in Hour of Power
LEXINGTON, Va. - The VMI men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams participated in the 14th annual Ted Mullin "Leave it in the Pool" Hour of Power Relay for Sarcoma Research Tuesday 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.
“Participating in this year’s Hour of Power was inspirational,” said VMI head coach Andrew Bretscher. “It’s always an honor to support the Ted Mullin Fund, which has done some amazing things for cancer research, and participate in the same events as well over a hundred other teams across the country. Our swimmers put forth their best effort for an hour straight, and left it in the pool!”
The annual swim relay, which now includes dryland teams as well, has grown from 15 teams in its first year to over 160 teams and more than 8,000 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.
In the event’s first 13 years, participating teams have raised over $850,000 for the Ted Mullin Fund 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 nearly $1.4 million.
The funds have been used for a variety of projects that evaluate the genetic basis of sarcomas, the identification of novel markers of disease diagnosis or progression, and the development of new small molecule and cell therapies for resistant disease. Each summer, the University also hosts Ted Mullin Fund scholars, offering four Hour of Power collegiate participants an opportunity to advance their interest in science and cancer biology by spending 10 weeks in a laboratory under the mentorship of a pediatric cancer researcher within the Section of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at the University of Chicago Medicine.
As of November 11, 2019, 137 teams including an estimated 5,700 athletes have registered for the 2019-20 Ted Mullin Hour of Power Relay.
For more information, go to http://go.carleton.edu/HourOfPower.