Event Announcement: 1st Annual WILD/NU MLK Day On!

Alex Cramer

Dear WILD families,


As you know, the third Monday in January is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This federal holiday is observed across the nation as a day of service, where communities come together to honor MLK and his powerful work in the civil rights movement. While many have the day off for this holiday, others choose to make it a “day on” to create the Beloved Community that MLK had dreamed of.


Though we have the day off of practice, we are very excited to announce that we will be celebrating MLK on January 17th with the 1st Annual WILD/NU MLK Day On! We are thrilled to share that the Northwestern University Swim and Dive team will be joining this “day on” and engaging with WILD athletes through charity, conversation and remembrance. 


To honor Dr. King’s service - we will be having a donation drive for Cradles to Crayons, a charity organization that provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive – at home, at school and at play. More information on this will be coming soon!


To honor Dr. King’s legacy - These unprecedented times may keep us from gathering in person, but we will not let it keep us from honoring MLK and all of the ways he impacted our lives. We will participate in an hour-long zoom conference from 2:30-3:30pm where athletes from both NU and WILD will watch short videos, have small group conversations in breakout rooms and have the ability to share with the whole group. This part of our “day on” will be led by the NU Head of Community Relations, the NU Athletic Department Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, and the NU Swim and Dive Assistant Coach, Milana Socha who is also a Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) education and engagement advisory group member. All ages are welcome and encouraged to attend! 


To RSVP to our 1st Inaugural WILD/NU MLK Day On zoom conference, click here!


This is an exciting opportunity for all of our athletes (even our youngest!) to learn together, share together and dream big together. We sincerely hope you will join us in deciding to make January 17th a “day on”!


Yours In service,

WILD Coaching Staff & Northwestern University Swimming and Diving Staff