News Feature

Castine
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.