‘Swim to a Wish’ brings in original swimmers

The Campus High School swim team completed the 2014 “Swim to a Wish” fundraiser Sunday, March 2. All proceeds from the fundraiser go to the Make-A-Wish foundation.Back row: Coach Kelly Kennedy, Dylan Purcey, Brandon Elkins, Tim Pitts, Jon Greenlee, Logan Kelly, Alex Adamson, Logan Murphy. Front row: Coach Steve Crum, Jon Fleming, Morgan Wegner, and Jake Curry.
By Jen Bookhout
    The last Campus High School swimmer stepped out of the pool at 1 p.m. Sunday afternoon. The CHS swim team completed the “Swim to a Wish” swim-a-thon fundraiser five and a half hours sooner than last year’s swim-a-thon team.
    “Everything went great,” swim coach Kelly Kennedy said. “It was such a success.”
    The swim-a-thon tradition began 40 years ago, and fell by the wayside for a number of years until last year’s CHS swim team renewed the effort. This year, five of the six original members of the swim-a-thon team came to support the 2014 swim team.
    Initially, original swimmers Lyle Noordhoek, Mike Crum, Mike Dunn, Steve Sawhill and Steve Pegg were scheduled to participate in the event. However, Steve Pegg was unable to make it, and the sixth member of the team, the alternate swimmer, Brett Beal took his place.
    Noordhoek swam three continuous miles in this year’s fundraiser, and joined Crum, Dunn, Sawhill and Beal for another two lengths in the pool as a show of support for the team.
    “I think it’s great on their part that they want to come back and support their school and the boys 40 years later,” Kennedy said.
    The original members were not the only ones that turned out to support the swimmers; family and friends also came by to offer their encouragement and provide the team with food and drinks.
    “We had people in there at almost all hours,” Kennedy said. “They were cheering the boys on, bringing food, water, Gatorade, just everything was brought to them; it was the land of plenty.”
    When the swimmers finally wrapped up the event Sunday afternoon, they had $4,850 of donations in hand. Additionally, over the weekend, two anonymous donors made separate pledges to the team’s efforts. One donor has pledged to make up any amount needed to reach $6,000; the second donor has offered to match all funds up to $6,000. Overall, the CHS swim team plans to donate at least $12,000 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation in a couple of weeks, Kennedy said.
    The entire fundraiser was a blessing, Kennedy explained.
    “I think another blessing is that we had a snow day,” Kennedy said with a laugh.
    The team is grateful for all the support, encouragement and aid they received with this weekend’s fundraiser. The support from the community was outstanding, Kennedy said.
    “We’d just like to tell everybody how much that means to us,” he said. “We couldn’t have done it without that support.”
    The CHS swim team will make the donation to Make-A-Wish in a couple weeks. They have requested that the funds go toward granting the wish of a local child, and are hopeful that the $12,000 donation might possibly fund two wishes.
Five of the six original 1974 swim-a-thon members swam in support of the 2014 team. Brett Beal, Mike Dunn, Mike Crum, Lyle Noordhoek, and Steve Sawhill finish their support lap as coach Glenn Crumm looks on from the deck.