Local swim team 'dives' for food donations


by Johnny Archer


Posted on February 23, 2014 at 9:48 PM

Updated Sunday, Feb 23 at 9:48 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – The Lakeside Seahawks swim team has joined forces with a local charity to make a difference in the community.

Inside the Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center, there’s much more to the average swim meet.

Young swimmers are groomed to become champions.

“I already swam the 200 free and the 200 fly. I still have the 100 breast stroke and the 50 free,” swimmer Olivia Luzzio said.

They’re not just becoming champions in the pool but champions in the community. The swim team is collecting food for the Dare to Care Food Bank.

“They put food bins out there and you can donate food as your admission or can because you want to and it helps people in the area,” Luzzion said.

This is the Dare to Care Winter Invitational and it’s the fourth year Lakeside has partnered with the food bank to help those in need around Kentuckiana.

“We’ve been lucky enough to be involved with and Louisville swimming since the early ‘20s. So we would like to be as involved with the community as possible,” Lakeside coach Nathan Knopf said.

10 teams from around the region joined the campaign at the meet donating non-perishable food.

Last year, the team collected more than 650 pounds of food and this year they are aiming to exceed that number.

The executive director of Dare to Care says they rely on the community's help and Lakeside's contribution will help the charity meet their goal of getting 15 million meals for struggling Kentuckiana families this year.