Celebrate Through Service Campaign

Dear Gator Families,

My name is Sadler Smith, and I am a junior at JH Rose High School. As part of the requirements for graduation at Rose, I have to organize and complete a “Senior” project. With the approval of the ECA Board of Directors, I would like to introduce the theme of my Senior project and ECA’s holiday service campaign, Celebrate Through Service. . . Gators Give Back.

Community service and involvement is a core value of East Carolina Aquatics. As such, the Celebrate through Service Campaign is designed to encourage swimmers and their families to find a way to give back to their community throughout the month of December. There are two primary components to this initiative. First, families and/or groups of swimmers are encouraged to find an area of service, such as serving in a soup kitchen, caroling in a retirement home, volunteering with the humane society, or spending time together ringing the bell for the Salvation Army. Ideally, families and/or groups of swimmers will wear Gator gear while completing their chosen act of service. Participants are then invited to submit photos to Coach Scott (ecacoachscott@gmail.com), who will share them via our ECA Facebook page and with the hashtags #celebratethroughservice and #gatorsgiveback. Service can be structured through a charitable organization such as a church group, or it can be something more personal like helping an elderly neighbor rake leaves. This is a great time to spend together as families, and with our swim friends, while giving back.

Additionally, a t-shirt, with a Celebrate Through Service design is available for pre-order. Shirts are $20, with the majority of the cost being donated to charity. Each family has the option of choosing one of four charities to receive the proceeds from the purchase of their specific shirt or shirts. The four charity options are; The ECA Scholarship Fund, Food Bank of Eastern North Carolina, Humane Society of Eastern Carolina, and a designated hurricane relief fund.

Check out the t-shirt design attached and click on the link to order. T-shirt pre-orders will close on December 5, and t-shirts will be available for pickup at the Greenville site on December 12 during practice. Shirts ordered for all other sites will be available for pickup by purchasers, or by a site representative, at our Intrasquad meet on December 15.

Feel free to contact me with any questions at smithsa4@students.pittschools.org. Please join the entire Gator family in celebrating this Holiday season as we together make a huge impact in our communities!

Gators Give Back Shirt Order Form

Thank you!

Sadler Smith