Competitive divers prefer NOT making a splash. Yet the waves made by the GC Divers and their very first Holiday Food Drive are being felt all the way to the GRACE Food Pantry.

The Southlake-based organization held their first-ever food drive for the GRACE Food Pantry as part of their annual holiday party.

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GC Divers collected nearly 700 cans and boxes of food for the GRACE Food Pantry.

“We chose GRACE because it is focused on helping our local community,” said Kathy Doody, president of the GC Divers Parents Organization. “The holidays are a perfect time for GC Divers to reflect on giving back.”

Nearly 700 non-perishable food items were donated by the divers and their families to stock the GRACE Food Pantry shelves. GRACE Community Clinic nurse manager Shirley Roberts, RN, BAS, CCM, and special events manager Chelsea Rose attended to thank the divers for their gifts.

US National diving champion Krista Klein heads GC Divers. She is a former NCAA and USA Diving National team member. She started GC Divers in 1993 as a learn-to-dive lesson program.  GC Divers is now considered a Center of Excellence by United States Diving in the development of high level athletes. Coaches teach the fundamentals of diving for athletes ages 6-18. Students progress through basic skills to more complex dives.

This year, two GC Divers qualified for the 2016 Olympic trials and several other divers placed in the top three at USA Diving Junior Nationals and in international diving competitions.

The team is preparing to host the GC Divers Invitational on Saturday, January 28 at the Southlake Aquatics Center at 1501 West Southlake Boulevard. Divers will compete in Novice, Future Champions, and Synchonized Diving competitions.

GC Divers athletes practice in the natatoriums at Carroll High School, Keller, and Lewisville. For more information, go to www.gcdivers.com or email gcdivers@msn.com.

Use this link to learn more about the GRACE Food Pantry. If you or your group may be interested in holding a food, clothing or toy drive for GRACE, contact Chelsea Rose at 817-305-4672 or email crose@gracegrapevine.org.