April 1, 2014
AUBURN, Ala. -- The Auburn swimming and diving team was recently recognized for a $25,000 charitable donation to the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America through its participation in Swim for MS.
The Tigers used their annual intrasquad meet on Nov. 8, 2013, as a benefit for MSAA and Swim for MS. Auburn's swimmers and divers divided into two teams, the Blue team captained by head coach Brett Hawke and the Orange team led by Hawke's wife, Trudi.
The Tigers set an early goal of raising $5,000 among the two teams, but quickly passed the goal to make the $25,000 donation in honor of Trudi Hawke.
"Trudi means so much to our team and she is a very special part of our team," Auburn senior Emily Bos said.
"Knowing this donation will help others who suffer from the same disease she battles on a daily basis gave us the motivation to come together and help others for this great cause."
Auburn's donation was the largest one-time gift to the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America since the organization began Swim for MS.
"We set an early goal of $5,000 per team when we started the event and they quickly met that goal. I'm very proud of what they've done for this cause," Auburn head coach Brett Hawke said.
The money raised by the Tigers went to enhancing safety, increasing independence and improving quality of life for MS patients with limited financial means by purchasing 15 wheelchairs, 25 four-wheel walkers, 25 sliding tub transfer benches and 30 grab bar sets.
MSAA was also able to provide 10 children's and 48 adult cooling kits for patients that suffer from heat-related symptoms for MS patients.