AUBURN, Alabama, April 1. THE generosity of the Auburn swimming and diving team was rewarded today with special recognition by the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America for raising $25,000 during a fundraising intrasquad meet last fall.
During the team’s Orange-Blue meet last November, the teams competed to raise the most money for MS research and to help those living with the debilitating disease. The Tigers had a personal connection with multiple sclerosis, as Trudi Hawke, wife of head coach Brett Hawke, has been living with MS since 2011.
“We set an early goal of $5,000 per team when we started the event and they quickly met that goal,” Brett Hawke said. “Once we set a goal these kids reached and I’m very proud of what they’ve done for this cause.”
An announcement by Auburn Athletics today specified some of the tangible items the $25,000 purchased: 15 wheelchairs, 25 4-wheel walkers, 25 sliding tub transfer benches and 30 grab bar sets.
Auburn’s participation in Swim for MS, a nationwide effort to raise money for the MSAA through special swimming events. According to Auburn, the $25,000 donation is the largest single amount raised by one entity since Swim for MS began in 2008. According to the Swim for MS website, the organization has collected $260,000 to date and includes Missy Franklin as an ambassador.