Prep pulse: Sept. 3, 2018

Prep pulse: Sept. 3, 2018

The old saying goes that no matter how bad things seem, someone always has it tougher.

Numerous area girls' swimmers and divers took that message to heart last weekend.

A five-team relay meet at Indian Acres Swimming Club — featuring Champaign Central, Danville, Mahomet-Seymour, Uni High and Urbana — last Saturday doubled as a charity effort for C-U at Home, a local outreach program for the homeless.

Illineks coach Dave Young estimates the athletes raised almost $800 in cash and gift cards, on top of toiletries and other household items.

Young said he and two other team leaders — the Maroons' Katie VanHootegem and the Tigers' Stephanie Sherman — began discussing the idea before bringing it to Vikings boss Jeff Davis and Bulldogs head Dean Ekberg.

All five agreed it was a worthwhile venture. And their pupils took it from there, running the show and making T-shirts in support of C-U at Home.

"These kids think of other people besides themselves," Young said. "There are more important things besides swimming. They want to give back to the community because they feel blessed."

Young said the group didn't establish any hard expectations for fundraising, but the results made him hopeful this could become an annual event.

Special thanks, Young said, should go to Indian Acres owners Joel and Lauren Morenz, who donated their facilities for the day so the teams wouldn't have to spend funds renting out a space.

"There was a large crowd, so it was kind of nice," Young said. "Personally, I thought it was very generous."