Voice of the Sharks Quacking Up Over Rubber Ducky Derby

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The Rubber Ducky Derby helped raise more than $25,000 to support foster kids and their educational efforts around the United States.

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Voice Of The Sharks Quacking Up Over Rubber Duck Derby

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ay Area hockey fans may know him as the play-by-play commentator for the San Jose Sharks, many others know Randy Hahn as the voice behind the 25-yard pool dash featuring with more than 250 rubber duckies. With the NHL season put on pause, Hahn transitioned to help a local cause near to his heart. Pivotal, a Silicon Valley nonprofit

that focuses on meeting the educational and career needs of foster children, wouldn’t let coronavirus or stay-at-home mandates prevent them from helping the people who need them most. Quickly they transitioned to supporting their Pivotal High School and College Scholars program and decided to host their first annual Ducky Derby fundraiser,

an event that had ducks “swim” across a 25-yard pool to raise money for the organization’s scholarship fund and educational coaching programs. There are more than 440,000 kids in foster care in the United States. Only half of them graduate from high school and just 3 percent graduate from college. Pivotal, with the help of its donor network, has helped its scholars graduate from college at 10 times the rate of other foster youth. And with the participation of hundreds of ducks in the Derby, they were able to raise more than $25,000 for their mission. ‘Lucky Duck Leo,’ the big winner, took home four tickets to a future Sharks game. But as Hahn put it: “This was more than just a duck race! Win or lose, the Ducky Derby is about helping Silicon Valley’s foster youth get the support they need to get ahead in this world.” P


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