Team to Row for Local Women
Smith crew team members will defy the cold for a good cause
on Friday, March 7, as they strengthen their skills on rowing
machines outside throughout the day to raise money for a
Rowers will occupy the
machines from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Chapin Lawn in front
of the Campus Center as part of this year’s annual
Ergathon, a crew team campaign to raise funds for their
spring training costs and collect contributions for charity.
Proceeds raised during their day of rowing will go to Safe
Passage, a shelter in Northampton for women and their children
seeking to escape domestic violence.
Team rowers will be on hand to collect donation.
“We recognize that we are lucky as student athletes
to be at a place like Smith, which is designed to empower
women,” said Karen Klinger ’87, head crew coach
and a former Smith crew team member. “We hope that
our donations can help Safe Passage to support other women
in their journey to a better existence for them and their
Past recipients of Ergathon
fundraisers have included the Western Mass. Food Bank,
Jessie’s House, and local
The crew team also raises funds for its spring training
trips through a letter campaign during the Ergathon.
The crew team invites members of the college community to
stop by on Friday and learn about Smith crew as it embarks
on its spring season. The team will travel to Georgia during
spring break for training, then return to campus to begin
its racing season.
The team hopes to raise
$1,000 during the day of rowing, said Klinger. “We
welcome the community to donate, to come by and learn to
use the machines, or to just cheer the group on.”