By Alex Friedman
Posted Mar. 10, 2014 @ 7:54 am
Sunday, March 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Brookline High School rowing team will be walking around Brookline, answering questions and collecting tax-deductible donations for the 18th annual Crew-a-thon.
Each year the team needs to raise $50,000 to fund boats, oars and coaches’ salaries, not covered by the high school’s athletic department. The Crew-a-thon, which raises about two-fifths of the total funds, is one of the ways that the team fundraises for the expensive sport. The students provide their own uniforms and their families donate generously to the program.
Last year the team sent seven boys to the U.S Youth Nationals Championships in Oak Ridge, Tenn. Jordi Cabanas, class of 2015, and Jack Ruske, class of 2013, won the gold medal for the lightweight double, making the pair first in the nation. In 2011, the girls team sent a lightweight double to the A finals at Nationals. The boys team also won silver medals for all three eights at the Massachusetts Public School Spring State Championship Regatta last year.
The Brookline High School crew team was founded in 1904, making it one of the oldest in the country, and has consistently been one of the top public school teams in New England. Rowing has increased in popularity at the high school over the past few years, now attracting about one-fifth of the school’s spring athletes with more than 130 rowers this year.
In preparation for the upcoming season, members of the nationally recognized team went to Austin, Texas, over February vacation to get some time on the water while the Charles River’s ice continues to thaw. The team hopes to get out onto the water as soon as possible, but until then, the rowers will continue working out indoors.
The Brookline rowers are excited to reach out to the community again and are thankful for the last 18 years of continuous, generous support from their neighbors.
For more information, please go to www.brooklinerowing.org.
The Friends of Brookline Rowing operates under the Brookline Community Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization. If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation, please send it to:
Steven Herscovici, treasurer
Friends of Brookline Rowing
87 Thorndike St.
Brookline, MA 02446
Checks can be made out to Friends of Brookline Rowing/BCF
You will receive a receipt for your donation.
Alex Friedman is a senior at Brookline High School.