Swim-a-thon raises money for Greensburg Y's Strong Kids Campaign
Twenty members of the Greensburg Salem High School swim team took to the pool at the YMCA in Greensburg last week to help younger children.
The high school boys and girls participated in a "swim-a-thon" to raise money for the Y's Strong Kids Campaign.
The program awards scholarships to children who cannot afford to take part in Y programs.
Some of the money swimmers raised will be used for Greensburg Salem middle school students who take part in swimming at the Greensburg YMCA after their competitive season ends in October.
“Some of the middle-schoolers want to continue with swimming, and the only way they could (do so) was at the Y,” said Curt Smith, an assistant swim coach and Greensburg YMCA board member.
The senior high swimmers logged more than 200 laps during about 2½ hours in the YMCA pool on Feb. 6, Smith said.
“I believe that these kids have really stepped it up, and this was a sensational thing for them to do,” said Jennifer Prohaska, Greensburg YMCA senior program director.
Swimmers will collect donations pledged in lump-sum payments or based on number of laps they completed, Smith said.
“It was something they wanted to do on their own for us, which I think is remarkable,” Prohaska said.
Last year, the Strong Kids Campaign raised nearly $43,000, with 93 percent of the scholarships awarded to children, YMCA officials said.
“With the Strong Kids Campaign, every dollar that our campaigners raise goes strictly to scholarship money at this particular Y,” said Jennifer Tinsman, financial development director. Some money allowed adults to participate in programs.
Organizers have set a goal of $50,000 for this year's campaign.
Bob Stiles is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-836-6622 or email@example.com.
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments â either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.