Over the last two weekends in October at the Wilton Family YMCA, the Wilton Y Wahoos hosted their first breast cancer awareness swim meets. The swimmers showed their support for the cause by wearing pink swim caps. The swimming and YMCA community also came together for a large bake sale. Numerous Wahoo swimming families helped out with baking and selling the baked goods during the two competitions.
Team members and parents also handed out educational pamphlets to help increase breast cancer awareness.
In all, the Wahoos raised $3,500, and all proceeds of the meet were donated to Susan G. Komen Connecticut and the Get in Touch Foundation.
According to organizers, this was the first time the Wahoos have held this kind of fundraising meet, but they say it’s not the last time they’ll coordinate breast cancer awareness events. According to Wahoo head coach Randy Erlenbach, “It was a wonderful opportunity for our team to ban together for a cause that is important to all of us.”
Bob McDowell, Wilton Family Y executive director, added, “We are proud to put on the pink and support Breast Cancer Awareness month and proud of our youth for giving back to the community.”
The fundraising efforts were led by two Wahoo swimmers, Hugo Sykes and Elizabeth Sargent, along with guidance and help from coach Matt Hall.