Great Dolphin Dunk Kick-Off 

Each August, a swarm of 10,000 dolphins takes to the waters of Meridian, each sprinting to the finish line to earn the title of fastest sea mammal in the river. Although the dolphins are made of plastic and the body of water is the Endless River at Roaring Springs Water Park, the Great Dolphin Dunk is just as exciting, as cheerleader parents root for their newly adopted blow-up children.

But before that, on Wednesday, July 14, more than 100 Boys and Girls Club members will float around the Endless River to raise awareness of the Great Dolphin Dunk, which takes place Sunday, Aug. 15. Seeing countless youth in "Hope Float" T-shirts drift down the river gives a face to the 1,000 youth who visit the clubs each day in Garden City, Meridian and Kuna. The dolphins will be available starting Wednesday, July 14, for adoption at Fred Meyer stores, Roaring Springs Water Park, at and through club members until Aug. 15.

The dolphin race has raised $425,000 for the Boys and Girls Club of Ada County in the last nine years. Last year's event alone raised $21,000. The parents of the top three finishers receive a 2010-2011 season pass for four to Roaring Springs, one free year of Dutch Brothers coffee and free oil changes from Heritage Auto Repair for a year. So pray your adopted dolphin has Michael Phelps-like speed.

Wednesday, July 14, 11 a.m., regular admission prices, Roaring Springs Water Park, 400 W. Overland Road, 208-884-8842,

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