Blue Sharks, left to right, are Edward Gaus, Connor Way, Brooke Peters and Caleb Way.

Team members will rappel 155 feet to kick off annual Over the Edge event

Four members of the Watertown YMCA’s Blue Sharks swim team will be honorary “Lead Edgers” to kick off the Over the Edge event to be held at Midtown Towers June 16-17.

A fundraiser for the United Way of NNY, the event will allow 90 people to rappel 155 feet down Midtown Towers. The event is co-sponsored by the Watertown Housing Authority.

“The Blue Sharks are one of the nation’s top YMCA swim programs,” said Bob Gorman, CEO of the United Way of NNY. “The connection to the United Way is apropos. Part of the money the United Way raises every year pays for swim lessons for kids whose families can’t afford to join the Y. The Sharks swim for fun and competition, but every kid who learns how to swim makes our entire community that much safer.”

Denise Young, CEO of the YMCA, said, “The Blue Sharks coaches and students epitomize the YMCA values of caring, respect, responsibility and honesty. We could not be more proud of the Blue Sharks and the YMCA’s partnership with the United Way.”

The Blue Sharks will be rappelling at approximately 4 p.m. on June 16, and the public is invited to come and watch.

The Sharks are:

  • Brooke Peters, a Watertown High School junior, has swum for the Blue Sharks since she was six and WHS since seventh grade. Her parents are Lori and Eric Peters.
  • Connor Way, an Immaculate Heart Central junior, has swum for the Blue Sharks since he was five and WHS since seventh grade. His parents are Maureen Lundy-Way and Jeff Way.
  • Edward Gaus, a Watertown High School junior, has swum with the Blue Sharks since fifth grade and WHS since seventh grade. His parents are John and Jennifer Gaus.
  • Caleb Way, an IHC sophomore, has swum for the Blue Sharks since he was five and WHS since seventh grade. His parents are Maureen Lundy-Way and Jeff Way.

“These four students deserve to be recognized for their many accomplishments in the pool and the classroom,” said Gorman. “And we like the fact that WHS and IHC students are coming together in a United Way to support our community.” There are still slots available on June 17 for the main event, which will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Students as young as 14 years old who weigh at least 100 lbs., can participate, To sign up, call the United Way at 315-788-5631 or click here.

14 May 2017

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