The John Carroll University Student-Athlete Advisory Committee has been talking for a few years about some form of community service, but words did not always translate to action. The obvious answer was to pair natural ability with a worthy cause. The obvious hurdles were getting all sports engaged with an ever moving, ever changing calendar.
Through a perfect storm of connections, Streaks to the Max had given purpose to what previously had been a proposal.
First, the timing issue was solved. In a relatively new initiative, the NCAA sponsors "D3 Week" to celebrate the values of the Division III athletic experience. This gave the JCU Student Athlete Advisory Committee a target date: The first full week of April.
Next came the cause. Jonathan Agin, a former Blue Streak student-athlete, and Christopher Wenzler, also a former Blue Streak student-athlete and current assistant athletic director at JCU, renewed acquaintances over the years and periodically struck up conversations as to how John Carroll athletics could be involved in a centralized service activity. As a result of this on-going discussion, the MaxCure Foundation became the partner.
Finally, the event took shape. Weighing many options, the idea of a 24-hour happening made the most sense to accommodate all the teams and their respective schedules. Holding the event indoors -- given the haphazard nature of the weather in early April in Northeast Ohio -- also seemed a smart move to make. Utilizing the school's swimming pool to ease the tension on athletic facility scheduling was the last master stroke. A 24-hour swim relay was born.
Streaks (the shortened version of the school's mascot, Blue Streaks) to the Max (in honor of Mr. Agin's MaxCure Foundation) is the culmination of several years of hatching ideas finally coming to fruition. It will take place in and around the William H. Johnson Natatorium on the John Carroll campus in University Heights, Ohio, starting at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, April 8, and concluding at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 9. All 23 intercollegiate varsity sports, plus some help from friends of the programs, will take part in keeping the relay going for one complete day.
As a Jesuit Catholic university, John Carroll inspires individuals to excel in learning, leadership, and service in the region and in the world. The University finds the source of its inspiration in the experience of Saint Ignatius of Loyola and the centuries-long commitment of the Society of Jesus to academic excellence and service to the common good.
Streaks to the Max certainly upholds the University mission, and hopefully will serve to further establish the John Carroll University student-athlete as champions of learning, leadership and service.