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   Date: 10/21/11 Bookmark and Share

Got Work? Crew Team Rowers Available for Hire

It's fall. Chances are you have leaves to rake, or a house that needs cleaning or winterizing. Maybe you need someone to watch the kids while you do chores, or someone to walk the dog.

Whatever household chore you have, Smith Crew is here to help.

Through Rent-a-Rower, a Smith crew team fundraiser in its third year, team members are available for hire for odd jobs, on Sunday, Oct. 30, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 5 and 6, or by appointment.

It's easy: hire two rowers for two hours for $50, for painting, gardening, raking, shoveling, moving furniture, organizing, babysitting—whatever you need.

To hire your personal team, send email to Karen Klinger or rent-a-rower, or call 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 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," Klinger said. "Every moment, every stroke on the water counts.”

Funds raised through Rent-a-Rower also help pay for racing shells. The crew team combines the proceeds with those from other fundraisers, including its annual Ergathon.

"People can support these student athletes while getting something for their money," said Klinger. "It really helps us provide them with a good experience, and the students have fun meeting people in the Smith and local communities."

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