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21 for 21

Team Fort Collins in Fort Collins, CO
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Community Funded
This project ended on
September 1, 2013
102
SUPPORTERS
$12,620
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From Team Fort Collins: "Community leader George Thornton and Team Fort Collins are working together to benefit youth through health education."

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Who We Are: 

Team Fort Collins is a nonprofit organization that promotes healthy lifestyles through substance abuse prevention. Programs are focused on youth and young adults because they are developing attitudes and behaviors that determine future lifestyle decisions. We envision northern Colorado as a region where health is celebrated, substances are not abused and we all live our lives to the fullest.

What We Believe: 

We know that youth have tremendous potential for inventing new things, creating joy in the world, and adding to our community in positive ways. We believe that potential is an aspect of their “trajectory of awesomeness”. Unfortunately, a person’s trajectory of awesomeness can be drastically changed by early substance use and abuse. If you know a young person whose future possibilities are endless, then you know the value of prevention.

What We Are Doing: 

21 for 21 is a one-of-a-kind campaign to raise money for youth health education.  George Thornton strives to swim 21 miles in the English Channel to raise $21,000 for Team Fort Collins, hence the name “21 for 21.” George is paying all of his expenses so that funds raised benefit youth.

Team Fort Collins educates youth and parents about healthy life choices and substance abuse prevention. Our staff and volunteers deliver educational presentations to over 1,500 youth every year in schools and community. Parents are our other primary audience for educational presentations and we reach over 1,200 annually.  To build upon the work of our community leaders who started Team Fort Collins as a coalition 24 years ago, we mobilize community members through:

  • Campus Community Coalition
  • Fort Collins Safe Community Coalition: A Substance Abuse Project
  • Partnership for Healthy Youth
  • Responsible Alcohol Retailers

Team Fort Collins partners with over 95 local businesses and community-based organizations to work on common goals. A commonality that runs through all of the groups is the desire to maintain Fort Collins as the Choice City where primary employers want to be based and families are happy to live. A healthy community benefits all of us.

Prevention education is increasingly important in Fort Collins since it is the largest producer of beer in Colorado and is becoming known as a place to easily access marijuana. When youth engage in alcohol and marijuana use early in life, they have a higher likelihood of developing a dependence or addiction. Team Fort Collins educates youth about how these substances (along with tobacco, prescription and illicit drugs) affect the developing brain and body. 

What We Need: 

Team Fort Collins needs funding to increase its youth education efforts in schools and community-based organizations.  $21,000 will make it possible for staff to connect with all high schools in Poudre School District and reach more students. Currently, Team Fort Collins works with Fort Collins High School, Rocky Mountain High School and Liberty Common. 

How You Can Support Us: 

By supporting Team Fort Collins’ 21 for 21 campaign, you are contributing to youth health education and ensuring that they learn about substance use and abuse. In addition, you are encouraging healthy life choices like swimming as a lifelong activity. It is George Thornton’s spark and he believes that it has helped him successfully battle health challenges. Sports have been a part of George’s entire life; particularly, it is swimming that has kept him in good shape. By being healthy, he was able to get through prostate cancer in 2013.

We ask you to:

1. Donate to 21 for 21 (21 miles for $21,000)

2. Donate an in-kind reward to encourage other donors to contribute

3. Promote 21 for 21 to your networks

Thank you and feel free to contact us. We have free educational resources and love to spread the message of health.

Ashley Kasprzak, Team Fort Collins

Executive Director

AND

George Thornton, Team Fort Collins 

Champion Volunteer and Swimmer

Update #6
August 2, 2013
George is likely to swim Sunday or Monday

Weather is looking good. George is likely to swim on Sunday or Monday. As his son said, “

Now would be a good time for you to have your
discussions with Mother Nature, God, Allah, Buddha, Poseidon, or any
other cosmic forces you think may have some influence over the weather
and the seas.”

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Update #5
August 1, 2013
George Thornton is in England

George is in England just near the cliffs of Dover. He is very excited because a fellow American, Ken Nicholas from Arizona, successfully swam the Channel. They celebrated together earlier today. To stay abreast of updates, see this blog: 

http://georgethorntonenglishchannel.wordpress.com/

George is looking to start his swim on Sunday. The water is 62 degrees, about four degrees warmer than expected, so he is thrilled.
We are cheering for you George!
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Update #4
July 8, 2013
Fueling for a salt water swim over 18 hours!

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Fueling
for a long open-water swim in the ocean poses special challenges. It is very
difficult to eat solid food, so everything comes in liquid form. Rules of the
event prevent you from holding onto the boat, so you tread water and gulp it
down as fast as you can. Too bad I never learned to “chug it down” in college!
In contrast with land events where you need to replace electrolytes, in ocean
swims you unavoidably swallow sea water which provides salt. Any electrolytes
in the energy drink complicate the stomach distress and cause vomiting. So, the
drink of choice is a pure maltodextrin carbohydrate. This is a long string,
slow release compound that gives an energy source slowly over the 30 minutes
typically taken between feedings. I have found that I like the versions without
any flavor. The monotony of all this is broken by an occasional shot of fruit
juice, coffee, or hot chocolate. Yum!!
    

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Update #3
June 28, 2013
More about cold water training, June 25, 2013

 Training to swim the
English Channel includes various attempts to develop tolerance for cold water,
by spending increasing longer times be exposed. For that, I swam a few minutes,
then ½ hour and 1 hour, in our lake at 52 – 54 degrees. I went to La Jolla
California to swim in the ocean of 57 -58 degrees for 6 hours in March 2011, 8
½ hours in December 2012, and 12 hours in March 2012. I have found I naturally
tolerate cold water better than many folks. I picked my parents well. The scary
question is: Can I tolerate the high 50s/ low 60s for 16 to 18 hours in the
English Channel??

 

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Update #2
June 24, 2013
George reporting on his training

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June 21

 I am at the peak of my
training to swim the English Channel. I am swimming four days a week and doing
strength training twice a week. A week ago, I did a long swim of 10 hours, 7:00
a.m. till 5:00 p.m. in our lake. Each circle around the lake took one hour. At
30 minutes and on the hour, I took in energy drink. This is simulation of the
pattern of fueling each half-hour I will follow in the Channel swim. Friends
swam with me for one- or two-hour stints. I could not have kept up my swim
without this support! Next week I will swim 6 hours on one day, followed by 5
hours the next day. That will be the longest training swims, then a gradual
taper till the end of July when I go to England.

Note from Team Fort Collins: Whenever a task seems challenging, just think of George’s training routine. Wow, anyone who does this at any age is amazing! 

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Update #1
June 21, 2013
First 21 for 21 Donor: Diana Hassel

Thank you to triathlete Diana Hassel who is the first person to donate to 21 for 21. She and George Thornton both exemplify how healthy activity keeps you feeling happy and looking good. 

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$10.00 Gift Card
$15
$10.00 Gift Card
$10.00 gift card Redeemable at either Mugs location. While some are content with their 'usual', there are those brave enough to branch o...
Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans
$20
Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans
These little coffee beans are perfectly roasted and then coated in smooth milk chocolate. Safely stored in a mason jar, you can take thes...
Shout Out 30 Times
$21
Shout Out 30 Times
Your name said aloud 30 times by George as he swims the English Channel...
$2500 Mugs Gift Card
$25
$2500 Mugs Gift Card
$25.00 gift card Redeemable at either Mugs location. A great way to share your favorite Mugs treat with your favorite someone! Or delig...
Signed Original Art Print
$35
Signed Original Art Print
Here's your chance to collect a unique piece of art contributed by Fort Collins artist Ryan Stover. This high-quality print on 8.5" x 11"...
1 Hour of Social Media Consulting
$50
1 Hour of Social Media Consulting
Confused about Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Social Media in general? Whether you have personal accounts you have questions about or wo...
Picture with George Thornton
$50
Picture with George Thornton
Get a picture with you and George Thornton holding a certificate from Channel Swimming Association proving that he successfully swam the ...
Garden Consultation
$75
Garden Consultation
It's always a great time for a garden! This is a 1 hour consultation that includes: - Choosing the best site for your garden using a so...
Shout Out 90 Times
$100
Shout Out 90 Times
Your name said aloud 90 times by George as he swims the English Channel...
One-Tenth Mile Sponsorship
$100
One-Tenth Mile Sponsorship
Sponsor 1/10 mile of George's swim across the English Channel...
One-hour Health Education Talk for Youth
$210
One-hour Health Education Talk for Youth
Team Fort Collins will present a one-hour program called Transitions. ...
One-Quarter Mile Sponsorship
$250
One-Quarter Mile Sponsorship
Sponsor 1/4 mile of George's swim across the English Channel...
One-hour Health Education Talk for Parents an
$500
One-hour Health Education Talk for Parents an
Team Fort Collins will talk with parents and teenagers about the teenage brain and ways to help youth successfully navigate times of chan...
One-Half Mile Sponsorship
$500
One-Half Mile Sponsorship
Sponsor 1/2 mile of George's swim across the English Channel...
Motivational Talk by George Thornton
$1,000
Motivational Talk by George Thornton
George will present a one-hour program about the value of setting high goals and achieving those goals through discipline and hard work. ...
One Mile Sponsorship
$1,000
One Mile Sponsorship
Sponsor 1 mile of George's swim across the English Channel...

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