NIC athletics officials face off in weight loss challenge

North Idaho College Athletics Director Al Williams and NIC Head Wrestling Coach Pat Whitcomb will face off in a unique weight loss program and fundraiser called Pounding Away at Illiteracy.
The challenge will take place from Oct. 2 through Nov. 3.
Williams and Whitcomb will collect pledges either on a per pound basis or by a set dollar amount. The person who loses the most weight will be treated to a dinner for two at the Coeur d’Alene Outback Steakhouse.
All proceeds from the contest will benefit the Shirley Parker Reading Program, which was established in 2002 by the NIC wrestling program in partnership with Parker Toyota in honor of owner Doug Parker’s late wife Shirley, who was a NIC wrestling fan as well as a supporter of reading. The wrestling program purchases a book for every first-grader in the Coeur d’Alene School District and each week during the season, NIC wrestlers and coaches visit a local elementary school to read to the children and the kids get to keep the book and often bookmarks and posters of the wrestling team.
The kickoff to the challenge took place at the official weigh in Sept. 27. Williams started the challenge at 232 pounds and Whitcomb began at 295 pounds.
The winner of the weight loss challenge will be announced before the first match of the NIC wrestling match versus Yakima Community College starting at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3 in NIC’s Christianson Gym.
For a pledge form, contact Patty Stewart in the NIC Athletics Office by calling (208) 769-3348.
North Idaho College Head Wrestling Coach Pat Whitcomb and NIC Athletics Director Al Williams will face off in a unique weight loss challenge for the next month to raise money for the wrestling program’s literacy program, the Shirley Parker Reading Program.

For More Information
NIC Booster Club/Athletics Activities Coordinator Patty Stewart, (208) 769-3348, NIC Athletics Director Al Williams, (208) 665-5458, or NIC Head Wrestling Coach Pat Whitcomb, (208) 769-7870

Posted: Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2006

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