Dear Editor, 

On Nov. 9, 2019, the Greater Marinette Menominee YMCA/USA Stingray Swim Team held a Swim-A-Thon fundraiser and we have amazing results to report. The team focused on one important need to reach as their goal and that was to raise enough donations to purchase a new and more efficient on deck “Aquatics Timing System, TouchPads and a Starting Unit.” This equipment would bring our home swim meets up to a standard comparable to our competing swims teams. The team also had a wish that in the event the fundraising support was so successful they might have the opportunity to also purchase new training equipment. This training equipment would elevate the coach-swimmer training program to new levels and offers the team members the opportunity to improve their personal swimming styles and techniques.

There were many inspiring examples of team spirit and individual performances. Fifty-three swimmers turned out in support of their team’s needs, and to test their own endurance in this 200 lap non-stop swim. Twenty-two Stingray team members completed all 200 laps in two hours or less. We applaud these young athletes for their commitment to the team and producing on the challenge.

It is important that we recognize the time and efforts of the coaches and parents who made the event possible, through their volunteering, organizing, motivating and donation management this fundraiser was a huge success. Thank you to each and every one of you. Thank you to Chris Gromala for providing the music that kept the energies flowing during some long hours of swimming, and for the family and friends calling out words of encouragement as the swimmers pushed through to the next lap.

Our special thank-you to Lithocrafters Printing for posters, the EagleHerald and Peshtigo Times for all the coverage they gave to make this fundraiser such a success. Thank you to the businesses who made a donation, along with everyone one who contributed to and supported these awesome youth of our communities.


Christie Lang