Breast Cancer Awareness Month

2010 Front

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Last season the team created a great T-Shirt on short notice and sold enough of them to be able to give $275 to the Susan G. Komen foundation of Wisconsin.  It was fun and the kids did a great job selling the shirts.

2010 Back

This year we have upped the ante.

Our Team Captain started a Facebook page for the T Shirts.  That increased visibility dramatically.  We then turned the last meet of September into a fun thing called “Pack the Pool”.  This is an effort to bring a little attention to the team.  We are 18-3 at home over the past 5 seasons, and we now have new Touch Pads.  AND, it will serve as the kick off to Breast Cancer Awareness month as well.  With the goal to be able to sell a few more T Shirts.

2011 Front

As of this posting we have sold 249 shirts so far raising close to $700.  We are hoping to sell a couple more to get that total a bit higher.  This year we are looking at donating it to a local cause,  the Stillwaters Cancer Support Services.  Their Vision statement speaks volumes about their cause.  It reads, “Stillwaters exists so no person affected by cancer will feel alone in their journey.”

2011 Back

I am proud to be associated with these young women.  They truly understand what it means to give of themselves.  It is hard to be a good student.  It is hard to be a good athlete.  It is hard to stay dedicated to your family.  It is hard to raise money for the team to allow for better equipment that you many never fully get to utilize.  It is hard to go out and collect food donations.  It is hard to sell more things like T Shirts to collect funds to give away to someone else.  BUT, each one of these girls is realizing what it means to be an active citizen.  I remind them all the time that one of my goals is to make them better people first, and then make them better swimmers.  Without the first, the second does not really matter to me.

2011 Season Around the Corner

With only 211 days until the 2011 Season Starts there is not a day that goes by that I do not try to come up with a new idea to promote the WNKM Swimming and Diving team.  Not necessarily gimmicks, but ideas that will promote the sport, promote the school(s), and allow the student/athletes to have a positive experience.

First idea is to “Pack the Pool”.  This should easily be done.  It would be great to jam the pool with Students and have it a little chaotic in the pool area.  WNKM is 15-3 at home in the past four seasons.  Trying to generate some internal buzz in the school is good for everyone.  And you never know when a pool or school record will fall.  The bonus is that we could be done in conjunction with the kick off to Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Last season, we sold T-Shirts and raised close to $250.

WNKM Breast Cancer TShirt

A continuing idea was something that we already did last year, but this year we will make it bigger and better.  And that is the Alumni Meet.  Already scheduled for August 20th, this looks to have better events this year and a luncheon after the meet.  Some of the Alumni are already getting prepared both physically and mentally for this grueling event.

There are a couple more ideas but I need to get them better organized before I get them published.