Bearcats Participate in Hour of Power Fundraiser for Kramer

Dec. 6, 2012

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CINCINNATI -- Former University of Cincinnati student-athlete Nate Kramer and the Bearcats swimming and diving teams participated in the Ted Mullen "Hour of Power" Relay fundraiser on Wednesday afternoon at Keating Aquatics Center.

The Hour of Power Relay is in honor of former Carleton College swimmer Ted Mullin, who passed away in the fall of 2006 from sarcoma, a rare soft-tissue cancer.

Generally, funds generated through the Hour of Power support research at the University of Chicago into the causes and treatment of sarcoma in young people. However, with the permission of the Mullen family, the UC swim team for the second straight year has directed 100 percent of its donations to the Kramer family in support of Nate, who is recovering from a Leukemia diagnosis months following his final race for the Bearcats in March 2010.

"What started out as `Fight for Nate' has, due to Nate's bold and positive attitude, evolved into `Fight like Nate,'" said UC swimming and diving head coach Monty Hopkins. "Imagine how many difficulties could be overcome and how many things might be accomplished if we all, when faced with even small challenges, were to follow Nate's (and the entire Kramer family's) courageous example."

Kramer, who received a bone marrow transplant on July 9, has worked hard to get back into shape and is now near his body weight during his senior year at UC. His recovery was further evident after he even swam his Hour of Power team's first 50-yards Wednesday.

If you would like to make a gift to The FIGHT LIKE NATE - HOUR OF POWER, please email Coach Hopkins at

Checks can be mailed to:
FIGHT LIKE NATE c/o Monty Hopkins
2751 O'Varsity Way Suite 662-A
Richard E. Lindner Center
University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0021

When the event began in 2006, 15 teams joined together to raise team spirit, sarcoma awareness and $11,000. In 2011, the number of participating teams grew to 160 on two continents, including 107 college and university programs, 46 high school and club teams, and seven students-abroad teams. These 8,000 athletes raised $66,000 for the Fund. Overall in its first six years, the Hour of Power has raised more than $330,000.

An "Hour of Power" swim practice is a dynamic 60-minute relay training session that requires all-out efforts from all participating team members and is designed to fuel team spirit and team energy.

The set up for the "Hour of Power" consists of team members equally divided among the number of swim lanes. All relay swims are completed in 50-yard segments and must done with an all-out effort.

At any given time, all the relays need to be on the same length or at least on the same 50 segment. Any stroke may be used and team members may need to shift from one relay lane to another to help maintain the same length/50 segment objective. This objective requires constant communication and teamwork.

Arguably the most important objective is for high levels of performance to occur throughout this hour; equally high levels of enthusiastic encouragement must be evident at every possible moment. In other words, having significant amounts of cheering and expressive levels of excitement from all team members and coaches is inherently required.