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Row for Boston Bonds Rowing Community in Support of Boston Children’s Hospital

April 25, 2013

PRINCETON, N.J. – When Harvard University senior Corinne Wee heard about the children who were severely injured in the Boston Marathon bombings, her heart immediately connected with the families who would wait with trepidation for news from the Boston Children's Hospital.

Visits to children's hospitals have always been frequent for Wee, whose younger sister is severely disabled. The Radcliffe lightweight rower was all too familiar with the level of care and commitment required.

"The staff are just really special people," said Wee. "There's nothing harder than being a parent or a sibling and watching a child go into a major operation. I've shadowed a couple of times [at the Boston Children's Hospital] and have so much respect for them. They're also really great at supporting the family and supporting the child.”

With the Radcliffe crews preparing for racing against local competition this weekend – the Muri Cup between Radcliffe and MIT for the lightweight women on April 27 and the Beanpot for the heavyweight team against five Boston schools on April 28 – it seemed natural to Wee that the schools unite in solidarity. Wee approached heavyweight assistant Cory Bosworth about making a shirt for the schools to wear.

While working on the design, Wee had an idea.

"It would be so cool if it could be a fundraiser instead of just a shirt," she said. And for her, the Children's Hospital seemed like a natural choice.

"Everyone definitely deserves all the help they can get," Wee said. "On a personal level, I wanted to make sure that the Children's Hospital got the support it needed for a staff that is pretty special."

Wee decided offer the shirts to the general public, at which point USRowing and Boathouse Sports joined in on the effort to allow for nationwide awareness and fundraising.

"Corinne's idea for Row For Boston is inspiring and we, USRowing and Boathouse Sports, wanted to help take this idea to the national level. We look forward to some great racing on Saturday and Sunday, watching all the crews wear the Row For Boston t-shirt, while also raising funds for Boston Children's Hospital, and we hope that rowers across the country will support this effort,” said Beth Kohl, Chief Marketing Officer of USRowing.

Both Kohl and Wee noted that Boston has a special place in the hearts of all rowers, and they hope that connection will encourage national involvement in the cause.

"Over the past week, we have seen the outpouring of response from the rowing community across the county to the horrific events in Boston,” said Kohl. "So many have a connection to Boston, whether it’s competing at the Head of the Charles, attending college in Boston, racing in dual meets or just knowing Boston rowers. In this small way, we hope all Bostonians know how much the rowing community is behind the city. We are grateful to Boston Children’s Hospital for providing care to so many of the children injured in the marathon bombing and we are pleased to support the Emergency and Trauma Fund.”

There are several ways for the rowing community to get involved.

  • Buy a Row For Boston T-Shirt
Row for Boston tanks and t-shirts are on sale for $20 each, including shipping at http://bostonstrong.boathousegear.com/. All proceeds will be donated to the Boston Children’s Hospital. Orders will ship within two business days. We are asking the rowing community to wear the shirts while racing through May.

  • Donate to the Emergency and Trauma Fund
Donations will be accepted to the Boston Children’s Hospital Emergency and Trauma Fund: http://howtohelp.childrenshospital.org/events/page/Corinne-Wee/rowforboston.htm.

  • Facebook Cover Photo Campaign
Show your support via social media. We are asking every rower to make the Row to Boston logo design their cover shot on Facebook through this Sunday – the day of the Women’s Beanpot – to show solidarity for Boston.

About Boston Children’s Hospital
Boston Children’s Hospital continues to aid in the recovery following the explosions and care for those who were injured in the attack. You can support the Emergency and Trauma Fund with a donation to Row for Boston. The proceeds from every tank and t-shirt sold will support the Emergency and Trauma Fund, which helps kids and families get the emergency treatment they need when faced with tragedy, fueling the Boston Children’s Hospital’s relentless pursuit to provide better tools, better treatments and better care until every child is well. Find out more at: http://giving.childrenshospital.org/Page.aspx?pid=1489.

About Boathouse Sports
Boathouse Sports creates custom team athletic apparel for elite athletes. Based in the city of Philadelphia since its inception in 1985, where it manufactures over 95 percent of its products, Boathouse has earned an exclusive customer base of schools, universities and teams. Boathouse Sports continues to expand its reach as one of the fastest growing custom athletic apparel brands in the world. For Boathouse Sports’ current catalogs and promotions log onto www.boathousecatalog.com. Boathouse Sports has renewed its relationship as a Gold Medal Sponsor for the next four years. As the official apparel supplier to USRowing, Boathouse Sports will continue to outfit the senior, under 23, Olympic and Paralympic teams in racing and training gear, as well as offer online and event merchandising, including the sale of licensed USRowing products available to the public.

About USRowing
USRowing is a nonprofit organization recognized by the United States Olympic Committee as the governing body for the sport of rowing in the United States. USRowing’s official suppliers include Vespoli, WinTech, Filippi, Croker Oars, Rudy Project, Concept2, Nielsen Kellerman, and Ludus Tours. USRowing’s official suppliers include Vespoli, WinTech, Filippi, Croker Oars, Concept2, and Nielsen Kellerman. USRowing also receives generous support from the National Rowing Foundation and its corporate sponsors and partners Boathouse Sports, ANXeBusiness Corp, EMCVenues, Connect-A-Dock, JanSport, Rudy Project and Ludus Tours. For more information, visit www.usrowing.org. The USRowing National Team program relies on strong partnerships to enable continued success. New opportunities exist to support the teams through the next quadrennial, culminating with the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. America Rows, which supports diversity in rowing and the USRowing adaptive programs also benefit from corporate support. Free basic membership and championship level membership to USRowing is available and encouraged. For more information, please contact Beth Kohl at beth@usrowing.org.

Christina McClintock

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