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Crew 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 local charity.

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 families.”

Past recipients of Ergathon fundraisers have included the Western Mass. Food Bank, Jessie’s House, and local homeless shelters.

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.”


3/7/08   Eric Sean Weld
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