CHAPEL HILL - Youth from all over will once again raise money for the NC Children’s Hospital next Sunday in the seventh annual Swim for Smiles Youth Triathlon.
Swim for Smiles was co-founded in 2005 by Gary Kayye and Laura Gondek. Kayye said that he and his daughter Annabel founded SFS as a way to give back to the hospital.
“She became a year around swimmer and is now hoping to possibly swim in college one day, and she developed a passion for swimming and sort of married her passion for swimming with wanting to give back to the hospital, and that’s what ended up becoming Swim for Smiles Foundation,” Kayye said.
Before Swim for Smiles started, there were no triathlons in which only kids could participate. Now a USA Triathlon sanctioned race, Kayye said that everything came together just right when beginning Swim for Smiles.
“Well I’ll marry the passion for my sport that I adopted, with the passion to give back to the children’s hospital and let’s create a children’s triathlon” Keyye said “and really we were at the right place at the right time because at the time USA triathlon was specifically looking to build up the sport among youths and they helped us establish our race and one thing led to another.”
A few years ago, SFS held the largest youth triathlon in the country. As it continues to grow, SFS has moved to the larger venue at Briar Chapel to accommodate more participants and a wider course. Kayye said that he hopes SFS will one day grow to compare to the popularity of Dance Marathon.
“I would love to think that one day we’ll be as big as the dance marathon, but we are really happy with where we are right now, we’ve enjoyed really nice growth, in 2011 we were the largest kids triathlon in the United States, second largest in the world” Keyye commented.
This year SFS is having a larger finish line festival with food trucks, Juggle Boy, bounce houses, a rock climbing wall, and face painting.
Registration for the triathlon will only be open for a couple more days if you are interested in participating in the race. You can enter in the Promo Code WCHL to receive 25% off the registration for the race.
SFS is also always looking for more volunteers to help with the events. To register for the race or to find our about volunteering click here.http://chapelboro.com/news/non-profit-news/swim-for-smiles-childrens-triathlon/
CHAPEL HILL – The UNC Board of Trustees appointed new members to the serve on the UNC Board of Visitors, an active volunteer group at the University. The new members come from alumni and friends who will participate in a 175-member board that actively assists the Chancellor and Board of Trustees with activities ranging from marketing and recruiting to fundraising.
Members of the Board of Visitors also serve as ambassadors between the school and their communities informing both about what is going on. The members serve four-year terms, and every year as members rotate off, new ones are elected. This year, Patty Hill and William Moore of Chapel Hill have been selected to serve on the Board of Visitors from the Orange County area. Beginning July 1, the members will take their spot on the Board chaired by Dr. Michael Zollicoffer of Baltimore.
Thursday, the Carolina Kids Classic celebrates its 25th anniversary of the CKC golf tournament. Since its inception in 1988, the Carolina Kids Classic has raised more than three million dollars to benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill and the North Carolina Children’s Hospital. Proceeds from the Golf Tournament go towards helping these programs.
The Golf tournament takes place at Finely Golf Course with top-name participants including: UNC Basketball coach Roy Williams, UNC Football Coach Larry Fedora, Former UNC basketball star Phil Ford, Co-founder of CKC Woody Durham, and a 14-year old patient from the N.C Children’s Hospital.
For more information on the Tournament contact Danielle Bates at firstname.lastname@example.org, or for more information on the Ronald McDonald House visit www.rmh-chapelhill.org and NC Children’s Hospital visit www.ncchildrenshospital.org.
Deputy Fire Chief Matt Lawrence has received an award for Outstanding Leadership from North Carolina Safe Kids. Chief Lawrence served as the Orange Chapter of Safe Kids Chairperson and worked to improve the program in the area. He kept the coalition between the fire department and Safe Kids going while also coordinating the first Orange County Summer Safety Event.
Chief Lawrence dedicated much of his career to improving safety for all citizens and is honored by this award for his work and effort. Safe Kids Worldwide is a global organization dedicated to preventing injuries to children, the number one killer of kids.
For more information on Safe Kids visit www.safekids.org.http://chapelboro.com/news/news-around-time/unc-board-of-visitors-carolina-kids-classic-chfd-deputy-chief-outstanding-leadership/