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   Date: 10/31/12 Bookmark and Share

Got a Mess After Hurricane Sandy? Let Crew Team Rowers Clean it Up

Two rowers, two hours, $50. It's that simple.

The crew team's annual Rent-a-Rower fundraiser earns funding to support its annual spring break training trip, in which some 60 athletes and coaches travel to Lake Lanier Rowing Center in Gainesville, Ga.

Rowers will travel to the designated location and perform a range of tasks, including yardwork like leaf-raking, branch and brush clean up and gardening, as well as painting, cleaning, moving furniture, organizing, babysitting, walking the dog, shoveling—whatever is needed.

Team members are available for hire on the upcoming weekends, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 3-4, 10-11 and 17-18, or during the week by appointment. Hire two rowers for two hours for $50, or more rowers for longer.

To hire your personal team, send email to Karen Klinger or rent-a-rower, or call ext. 2717.

The Gainesville, Ga., trip allows rowers to practice in a warmer climate while strengthening team bonds, says head crew 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," 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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