Swimming & Diving Volunteers At Benefit Fundraiser

San Jose, Calif. - The San Jose State University women’s swimming and diving program participated in its first community relations project of the new academic year on Saturday, September 27.

The Spartan swimmers and divers participated in Athletes for a Cure: 2008 CrossFit Fight Gone Bad, a fundraiser that benefited the Wounded Warrior Project, as well as Athletes for a Cure, which is a fundraising and awareness program of the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF). It is designed to assist individual athletes in their quest to raise money for better treatments and a cure for prostate cancer. Every dollar raised from the program goes directly to the PCF.

Fourth-year head coach Sage Hopkins and four of his swimmers participated in the Fight Gone Bad III workout, while the remainder of the squad volunteered in support roles.

The benefit brought in over $545,000, with 25 percent of the funds raised from this year’s event going to the Wounded Warrior Project, which increases awareness and enlists the public’s aid for the needs of severely injured service men and women.

“It was a great experience for the whole team,” said Hopkins. “We were all honored to help out in two such fine causes. Our swimmers and divers are always looking to contribute to the community in any way that we can, and we look forward to donating our time again.”

The Fight Gone Bad workout, as explained on the fundraiser’s website, consists of five exercises, performed for one minute each, with one-minute breaks given after all exercises have been completed. This grueling, five-station rotation is then repeated three times per person. Fight Gone Bad is considered by many to be the most intense of any CrossFit workout. It is designed to prepare MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) competitors for the physiological demands of a three-round bout.