Ted Mullin - Creating Opportunities for Swimmers & Divers

Left to right:  Ruby Kazemi, Yifan Mao, Tamir Zitelny, Samuel To

Left to right:  Ruby Kazemi, Yifan Mao, Tamir Zitelny, Samuel To

Over the past dozen years the CSCAA has partnered with the Ted Mullin Fund to help raise awareness and money for Pediatric Sarcoma Research. The Ted Mullin Fund also supports the Ted Mullin Scholars, a unique research opportunity for college swimmers and divers.  This year four college swimmers and Hour of Power Participants received funding and research opportunities.  They are:

  • Ruby Kazemi, Carleton College ’19, Chemistry major;  Ruby is doing cancer stem cell research in zebra fish.
  • Yifan Mao, University of Chicago ’20, Pre-Med;   Yifan is studying gam junction-mediated intercellular communication and sickle cell disease.
  • Tamir Zitelny, Brandeis ’20, Biology and Anthropology major; Tamir is researching neuroblastoma cancer.
  • Samuel To Pomona College ’18, Chemistry major. Samuel is looking at acute chest syndrome and vast-occlusive crisis in sickle cell patients.

This year's HOP takes place November 14th  Sign-up here.

Quick Facts

Who: All collegiate, high school, club, masters, and other interested swimming & diving teams. Dryland teams are also welcome.

What: "Hour of Power" Relay in honor of Carleton College swimmer Ted Mullin, who passed away in the fall of 2006 from sarcoma, a rare soft-tissue cancer. Funds raised through this event support research at the University of Chicago Medicine into the causes and treatment of sarcoma in young people. When the event began in 2006, 15 teams joined together to raise team spirit, sarcoma awareness and $11,000. By 2015-16, participation included 178 teams and 8,400 athletes. Over the past 10 years, participants in the “Hour of Power” raised $630,000 for the Ted Mullin Fund for Pediatric Sarcoma Research at the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital.

When: Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, 5 p.m. Eastern/4 p.m. Central or 5 p.m. Mountain/4 p.m. Pacific (or on a date or time convenient to your program)

Where: Your program's Home Pool


The annual "Leave it in the Pool" event features an “hour-of-power” relay practice. The set is one of the Carleton College Knights’ favorites, and the team felt it would be an appropriate memorial to Ted to run a “Leave it in the Pool” practice consisting of continuous relays—any stroke, all-out swimming—for an hour, with the objective of keeping all lanes in each pool on the same length.

(Click here for a description of the “Leave it in the Pool – Hour of Power” Relay Swim Set)

Swimming the "Hour of Power" simultaneously across the country on one afternoon adds to the spirit and fun of the relay. However, those teams unable to participate at the scheduled date/times are encouraged to hold a relay event whenever possible.

The participants in the event are asked to gather donations for the Ted Mullin Fund for Pediatric Sarcoma Research at the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital. Checks should be made payable to "FJC/Ted Mullin Fund FSP" with the team name in the memo line, and mailed to the Ted Mullin Fund, P.O. Box 437, Winnetka, IL 60093-0437. Donations may also be made online. All donations made to the Ted Mullin Fund are tax deductible to the extent allowed by United States law.

We encourage participation to raise team spirit and sarcoma awareness whether or not your program is able to fund raise.