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   Date: 10/30/09 Bookmark and Share

Got Work? Crew Team Rowers Available for Hire

By Julie Colatrella ’12

Ever wish you could just pay someone to do all your house chores for you? A team to rake the leaves while you sip your coffee. Someone to watch your kids while you run errands. Helpers to clean the house, move the pool furniture, walk the dog. Wouldn’t that be great?

Thanks to the Smith crew team, that wish can be your reality this fall.

From Friday, Oct. 30, through Sunday, Nov. 1, the crew team’s Rent-A-Rower fall fundraiser kicks off, offering two rowers for hire for two hours to help folks in the Smith community around the house. For $50 two rowers will paint, garden, rake, shovel snow (if we have any), move—whatever you need. Morning and afternoon shifts are available this weekend, thereafter by appointment on weekends or weekday afternoons.

To hire your own personal rowing team, send an email message or contact Karen Klinger at ext. 2717.

Funds raised through the program will go toward the crew team’s annual spring break trip to the Gainesville (Georgia) Olympic course. The trip allows rowers to practice in a warmer climate while strengthening team bonds, says head coach Karen Klinger, and provides an essential opportunity for the team to train in the spring.

“We start racing the weekend after spring break, so the ability to row and not worry about temperatures or river flooding for that week really helps. This team has its sights on a return trip to the NCAA Championships, so every moment, every stroke on the water counts.”

Klinger says her rowers are excited about the spring trip, and is confident they will perform strongly in their assigned tasks. “When you train at 5:20 in the morning, you get used to being on time and working together,” she jokes.

The idea for the Rent-A-Rower program came from the crew team’s new Fundraising Committee, a student group put together to allow opportunities for leadership. Similar fundraising projects have worked well at other schools nearby, Klinger says.

The funds are necessary to support the spring trip, she emphasizes. Due to the vast size of the crew team—with more 60 members—using buses for transportation is not an option. Therefore, funds from the Rent-A-Rower program will pay for airplane fares and ensure that all teammates, regardless of their financial situation, will be able to go.

“The students really raise the cost for the trip themselves,” says Klinger, “and they are really committed. They don’t just want handouts, which is why we are working, not asking for donations.”

The trip, with all costs included, totals about $48,000, Klinger says, or $800 per athlete. The Rent-A-Rower fundraiser, along with other team efforts during the year, will help limit the out-of-pocket expenses for each athlete.

A crew team member has never had to miss the spring training trip due to financial reasons, Klinger explains.

So, if you haven’t reserved your athletes for the weekend, give the team a call. A few are still available, but they are also on call for the rest of the fall—ready to get dirty in the pursuit of speed.

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