Originally published in Castine Patriot, February 14, 2013
Hatch Youth Fund sponsors Castine swim program
The board of directors of the Frank Hatch Community Youth Fund recently announced a free winter swim program, according to a news release.
Offered in collaboration with Maine Maritime Academy, the program kicked off last weekend at the college’s Cary Bok Swimming Pool and is scheduled to take place from 2 to 5 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday through April 27. The program, open to community swimmers from Castine, provides lifeguard services and designated space for youth swimming.
“This is a wonderful example of the kinds of partnerships that the Hatch Fund aims to foster,” said FHCYF board member Gil Tenney.
The FHCYF, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, was established in 2012 in memory of the late Frank Hatch, a longtime resident of Castine and avid sports enthusiast. Through donations in his memory, funds were set aside to sponsor year-round sports and activities aimed at promoting youth physical fitness, teamwork, and good sportsmanship.
Led by a 13-member volunteer board of directors, the Fund currently offers a free ice skate lending program through the Castine Town Office, and a financial assistance program for youth golf, tennis, and sailing programming in conjunction with the Castine Golf Club. Plans are underway for a number of other programs, including a youth sporting scholarship program and a spring field day.
For information, contact Gil Tenney at 326-4372.