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Hour of Power

2020 Hour of Power
November 14-15, 2020

The Hour of Power Relay began in 2006 to honor Ted's memory and to help raise funds for research at the University of Chicago into the causes and treatment of sarcoma in young people. Now each year thousands of swimmers across the country and world participate in an Hour of Power Relay – colleges, high schools and swim clubs like NTA.

Our NTA community is proud and excited to be a part of making a difference for sarcoma research!

The Story of Ted Mullin
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Not long ago a boy, named Ted Mullin from Winnetka, who loved to swim and always gave it his all, was a member of NTA. Ted grew up, graduated from New Trier High School and was named an Academic All-American and an Illinois State Scholar (he studied hard and swam for NT High School) and went off to attend Carleton College in Minnesota and swam for his college Team. Ted also coached for NTA while he was home during breaks. Tragically while Ted was attending college he became sick with a very rare soft-tissue cancer called Sarcoma. He fought a courageous battle but passed away from the disease in the fall of 2006. Ted's parents still live in Winnetka.

Event Information and Organization:

On November 14-15, 2020, New Trier Aquatics will join thousands of athletes from collegiate, high school, and club teams across the nation and abroad to celebrate the 15th Annual Ted Mullin “Leave it in the Pool” Hour of Power Relay for Sarcoma Research, sponsored by Carleton College swimming and diving teams. 

New Trier Aquatics is proud to continue our support of such a worthy cause. The last time we hosted this wonderful event we raised over $34,000. This year our program is aiming to raise $20,000.  This sum could be game-changing for the university research department and really help fund major progress and technology amidst the COVID 19 pandemic.

While we can't swim a relay this year, we will be swimming & shooting continuously for 1 hour (with some fun games & raffles) in memory of Ted and to raise money for a worthy cause.  All participants will receive an Hour of Power swim cap just for swimming!  Athletes do not need to raise money to participate - as we know this is a tough time for everyone. Bringing everyone together as a team is also an important piece of Ted's legacy! 

The Hour of Power event honors those who are fighting or have succumbed to cancer, including former Carleton swimmer Edward H. "Ted" Mullin, who passed away from synovial sarcoma, a rare soft-tissue cancer, in September 2006.  The annual swim relay, which now includes dryland teams as well, has grown from 15 teams in its first year to over 160 teams and more than 8,000 athletes across the nation and the world in recent years. Participating swim teams engage in continuous relays of any stroke for a full hour of all-out swimming. Dryland teams engage in their particular sport non-stop for a full hour.

The Ted Mullin "Leave it in the Pool" Hour of Power Relay is the major fundraiser supporting the Ted Mullin Fund. Over the past 14 years event participants have raised $880,000 for research into rare pediatric cancers including sarcoma.

The funds have been used for a variety of projects that evaluate the genetic basis of sarcomas, the identification of novel markers of disease diagnosis or progression, and the development of new small molecule and cell therapies for resistant disease.  Each summer, the University also hosts Ted Mullin Fund scholars, offering four Hour of Power collegiate participants an opportunity to advance their interest in science and cancer biology by spending 10 weeks in a laboratory under the mentorship of a pediatric cancer researcher within the Section of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at the University of Chicago Medicine.

We are offering an online donation option for families to send out via email and social media to help grow our impact on this amazing cause.  This is our preferred method of donation this year. 
When you next log into the team website, you'll see a pop-up for our fundraiser and the online fundraising template. Team Unify has a great online donation template that is used for the USA Swimming Swim A Thon and we're able to use it as part of our efforts with Hour of Power. As part of that partnership and with the blessing of the Mullin family - 5% of our donations will also benefit the USA Swim Foundation and their learn to swim program - doubling our community impact across two wonderful organizations within our swimming community.

To learn more about the Ted Mullin Fund, visit the web site at: www.tedmullinfund.org

FJC is a 501c(3) Not-For-Profit Charity and a Foundation of Philanthropic Funds.  All donations made to FJC/Ted Mullin Fund are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by United States law and support the sarcoma research program at the University of Chicago.

Donation Information

New Trier Aquatics will be using our website www.swimntsc.org as our primary source for donations. 

In the event, you have any check or cash donations, please use the link below for each donation. 

Google Form (Available for Cash and Check Donations) (Click Here)

Please make all checks payable to:

The University of Chicago/Ted Mullin Fund with "New Trier Aquatics" in the memo line

Upon completion of the google form please seal your donation(s) in an envelope with your name along with HOP and bring that to your next scheduled workout or the HOP event. Please turn that envelope in to your athletes’ lead coach.

HoP Fundraising Milestones/Daily Raffle Information

  • Raise $75 and receive a Hour of Power T-Shirt
  • Raise $125 and receive a Raffle Ticket for Great Prizes 
  • Raise $250 and receive Hour of Power Nalgene Water Bottle
  • Raise $500 and receive Hour of Power Sweatshirt

Daily Raffles for the HoP via our Social Media Platform and at the HoP Event itself.

  • Ticket(s) is applicable for the Daily Raffles and the HoP Event
  • For every additional $125 raised over $125, Athlete(s) receive an additional Raffle Ticket
  • Once a Prize has been Received that Singular Raffle Ticket will be Void 

If you have questions please e-mail  Coach Greg or  Coach Alexis.