Auburn Swimming and Diving Recognized for $25,000 Donation to Multiple Sclerosis Association

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.

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Author: Jeff Commings

Jeff Commings is the Senior Writer for and Swimming World Magazine. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in journalism and was a nine-time NCAA All-American.

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