Devils participate in Hour of Power
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Swimming and Diving
FREDONIA, N.Y. -- On Tuesday, Nov. 10, the Fredonia State men's and women's swimming and diving teams participated in the Hour of Power Relay for Pediatric Sarcoma Research, sponsored by the Carleton College swimming and diving teams.
The Devils joined approximately 5,900 athletes from 119 college, high school, and club teams across the nation—as well as students-abroad teams—to participate in the Hour of Power, honoring 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 event—held in each team’s home pool—is a one-hour, all-out-leave-it-in-the-pool practice consisting of continuous relays, using any stroke. Wherever possible participating teams begin and finish the “Hour of Power” workout at the same time, using their respective and corresponding time zones from the East Coast to the West Coast. Thousands of swimmers were in the water at the same time in support of the battle against cancer. For the Devils, that meant hitting the pool at 5 p.m. Eastern Statndard Time.
First held on Nov. 7, 2006, the Hour of Power Relay has grown from 15 teams the first year to the current 119 teams with 5,900 student-athletes on four continents in 2009. This was the first year the Devils participated.
Since the event began three years ago, participants raised more than $112,000 for the Ted Mullin Fund for Pediatric Sarcoma Research at the University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital where Ted received treatment. The “Hour of Power” also aims to promote team spirit and to generate awareness of sarcoma, a rare cancer that disproportionately affects adolescents and young adults.