August 8, 2018 - Sargent & Lundy’s Chattanooga, Tennessee chapter of North American Young Generation in Nuclear (NAYGN) participated in the Erlanger Health System (EHS) Foundation 12th annual Dragon Boat Festival, benefiting the Children's Hospital at Erlanger in Chattanooga.
As part of the festival, teams of 20 paddlers, a drummer, and a race helmsman embark authentic 46-foot long dragon boats to race for the title of Grand Champion. Fleets of colorful dragon boats raced to the beat of a Chinese Drum during this exhilarating and friendly competition intended to build community spirit while raising money for the Children's Hospital.
While our team, named “The Atom’s Family,” didn’t place in the competition, a fun and exhilarating time was had by all, and the team is already anticipating next year’s event. This is Sargent & Lundy’s second year participating in the event.
The dragon boat festival is one of the EHS Foundation’s major fundraising events supporting the Children’s Hospital. As the fundraising arm of the hospital, the foundation supports the mission of the non-profit academic health system affiliated with the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, dedicated to providing world-class healthcare. Erlanger, through its multi-hospital system, provides medical care to children and adults regardless of ability to pay. The 2018 event raised approximately $87,000, which will be used for the new state of the art Children’s Hospital currently nearing completion in Chattanooga.
NAYGN provides opportunities for a young generation of nuclear enthusiasts to develop leadership and professional skills, create life-long connections, engage and inform the public, and inspire today’s nuclear technology professionals to meet the challenges of the 21st century.