Elk Grove Magic

by Josh Huger (MrUtopia)

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Created April 16th, 2010 05:22:50 PM

Modified April 16th, 2010 06:43:54 PM

The Elk Grove Unified School District came up short with this year’s budget. This shortage threatened the districts aquatic programs for the coming up school year. But as everyone knows swimmers do not give up easily; we keep on fighting strong until the end.

So in response to the low budget many swimmers, parents, coaches, and regular people who love the sport of swimming from around the area traveled to the Laguna Creek Racquet Club for a swim-a-thon. There were eight area high schools, several master swim programs, and several club teams were represented at the event. The swim-a-thon took place on April 10th and went from sunrise to sunset.

The Elk Grove Area Aquatic Sports Treasurer Dave Pringle estimated that the event raised $20,000, all of which will go to help the high school swim teams continue for the 2010-2011 season.

Olympic Swimmer Jeff Float was in attendance of the event. Float was a Gold Medalist at the 1984 Olympics. He was the Head Coach in the Elk Grove community for about ten years. There were also EGUSD Board members in attendance of the event.

The Elk Grove School District is safe for this upcoming season but as tough economic times continue everyone is feeling the stress. Elk Grove will continue with fundraisers and other events to hopefully keep their program afloat for many years to come.