Trout to splash for a cause on Sunday

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Is there a better way to spend a lazy Sunday morning than to watch jocks in their Speedos? I thought not.

A handful of members of the Atlanta Rainbow Trout will hit the water for about an hour on Sunday to raise money for Fish Out of Water, the team they assembled to take part in a cycling fund-raiser next month. So bring your wallet or checkbook and be ready to give as they take to the pool for the Trout-A-Thon. You can donate a fixed amount or pledge a per lap donation.

Fish Out of Water hopes to raise about $1,200 through the event to help reach their overall goal of $3,000 for the 6th Annual Action Cycling 200. The cycling event, set for May 17-18, raises money for the Emory Vaccine Center. Last year, the event donated about $65,000 to the center and more than $300,000 since its inception.

“You don’t find too many organizations that put on an event like that and have the ability to donate 100 percent of the money raised back to the beneficiaries,” says Jeremy Ploessel, a Trout member and lead organizer of Fish Out of Water. “It is a pretty amazing organization.”

The event begins at 11 a.m. at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center.

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