Archive for Wednesday, January 7, 2009

SM North swims against malaria

January 7, 2009

On Saturday, Dec. 20, the Shawnee Mission North boys swim team participated in its third annual “World Swim Against Malaria,” which is a global grassroots swimming initiative to raise money to purchase chemically treated mosquito nets to distribute around parts of the world where malaria is a major killer, primarily in Africa. Every dollar raised goes to by these $5 bednets.

North started this endeavor two years ago when Judy Sharp, mother of former SMN swimmer Ben Johnson and current North swimmer Dan Johnson, saw a worthwhile charitable opportunity that the team could participate in. She was, and still is, instrumental in organizing the yearly event for the Indians. The past two years the team has raised a total of $5,110.

Individuals wishing to make a donation can send checks to North coach Cody Fothergill at Shawnee Mission North High School. Checks can be made out to Shawnee Mission North Boys Swim Team.

For more information about the World Swim Against Malaria, go to To view the North fundraising page, go to


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