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Arshay Cooper Will speak to local students about rowing opportunities

By Katrina Craycroft

Who has your back?  Who, through devotion, honor and example, has earned the right to serve you a heaping helping of tough love?  Most would answer “family”, but when you’re a kid, and instead of loving you, one parent abandons you, and the other lays you on the alter of their addiction.. who do you turn to?  In his memoir, Suga Water, author Arshay Cooper compels his readers to face this existence and how he changed sports history to rise above it. 

Cooper is frequently asked to speak to a variety of audiences including schools, graduations, conferences, churches and sports teams.  Living the promise that “Win or lose, rowing is the tool you use to fix things,” Cooper summarizes, “When I was angry, the erg (rowing machine) helped, when I needed peace, the water helped, when I needed discipline, the sport helped.”

On Thursday, September 12th at 7:00 pm, Dallas United Crew will present Arshay Cooper at Winfrey Point on the shores of White Rock Lake.  Cooper will speak of his own experiences and how we can make our boathouse a lighthouse for the community.  The event will be free to the public, visit dallasunitedcrew.org for tickets. Dallas United Crew is a registered 501(c)3 whose mission is to unite Dallas and empower live through rowing and dragon boating.

Arshay Cooper grew up on Chicago’s West Side.  The second of four children, he was born to a single mother who escaped the demons of her own abuse through crack cocaine.  Arshay’s family life was stable but frail.  For high school, Cooper opted into Chicago’s Manley Career Academy with dreams of becoming a chef.  Gangs were prevalent.  Distractedly bumping the wrong shoulder in a school hallway could get you jumped after school.  Protection and profit enticed young men, including Cooper’s brother, Shaundell, but the odds were against such decisions – one in three of the neighborhood’s young, black, men would die in the streets.  “[..] Being out there is like dying for a neighborhood you don’t even know. The homeboys tell you they’ve got your back, but weeks later you’re nothing but a memory.  There is no way I’m going to trade my life for a spray-painted shirt, a forty-ounce and an R.I.P. sign on the wall.” 

One day, a crew rowing shell showed up in the Manley school cafeteria.  Coaches were recruiting for a rowing team.  Cooper’s friend Preston wanted to check it out.  A crowd gathered around the coaches and equipment.  “Crew is not for everyone,” begins the program’s benefactor, “It is a thinking man’s sport.  It doesn’t matter if you have natural athletic abilities; what you need is discipline, commitment, focus and the ability to work well with others. [..] We are not just trying to give you the opportunity to row. We want to give you the opportunity to think outside the box, be young entrepreneurs, go to Ivy League colleges, and travel the US. [..]  This is a very white sport. [..] There are no all black crew teams.  You will be the first.”

Getting faster in rowing requires dedication.  Weeks of workouts build strength that mere days of rest can diminish.  Muscle memory requires constant practice.  Each person in the boat must make this commitment to himself and the team.  The oarsmen of Manley Crew faced inevitable distractions that could have easily derailed their training, but they held each other accountable, backed each other up and encouraged each other in each personal best, each improved practice.  They were ready to face their biggest race, “We’ve finally earned the one thing that we were searching for: respect.  [Coach] has worked hard to teach us to respect ourselves, our bodies, our time, our competitors, our teammates and crew culture.  When we finally figured that out, the world overflowed with an abundance of respect right into our laps.”

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DUC Varsity Girls Racing at Nationals placing 16th in the country
As the school year is upon us, the student athletes at Dallas United Crew will be heading back to the boats at White Rock Lake to begin their training for the rowing fall season.   For youth, rowing is the equalizer in team sports with all athletes working together as one – no individual star player. A little known fact, rowing is growing nationally at 27%, and this emergent sport represents the best opportunity in youth athletics to earn a collegiate scholarship.  
  
For those looking for a new sport, rowing is an alternative that offers students unique benefits. When a student steps into a boat for the first time, their teammates are literally and figuratively in the same boat – learning a new sport together. There’s something transformational as the students work together on balance and synchronization to move together as one cohesive boat not eight individuals, creating a sense of confidence and accomplishment for all. 
 
We equip students for success on and off the water with abundant life lessons learned in a racing shell: accountability, resilience, integrity and perseverance to name a few.  DUC invites students in 6th to 11th to try rowing this fall.  For more information about our fall programming and 8/24 Free Try It Out event, please visit our website at dallasunitedcrew.org or contact alex.binkowski@dallasunitedcrew.org.  
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Women’s Varsity 8+ Grace Condon, Georgia Wellborn, Katrina Csaky, Ellie Rodriguez, Kat Moore, Katie Hammonds, Sryia Dodda, Rachel Craycroft, Alyssa Manganello (coxswain)

Story by Katrina Craycroft:

Dallas United Crew (DUC), went head to head with the top youth rowers in the nation at the 25th annual USRowing Youth National Championship June 6-9 at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota, FL. This premier youth rowing event featured racing in 18 different categories.  More than 1,600 athletes were in attendance, competing for 151 clubs and vying for a national championship title.  With over 12,000 championship youth rowing members, merely qualifying for Youth Nationals places these athletes among the superlative in their sport.

Returning to Youth Nationals for their fifth straight year, DUC qualified four boats, comprising 33 athletes after qualifying at USRowing’s Central Regional championships. DUC has earned recognition as a powerhouse team.  The categories DUC raced in, Men’s and Women’s Eights, Men’s Lightweight Eight, and Men’s Quads, are the fastest and most difficult in rowing, and to compete nationally in these races is impressive, particularly from the Central Region, where rowing is emergent and has yet to gain the popularity it has in the Midwest and coastal regions.

Returning to Youth Nationals after their 4th place finish in 2018, DUC’s Men’s Quad blazed through time trials in one of the largest fields (26 entries) to be among the nine teams automatically qualified for the semi-finals.  The four seniors landed in the B Final, competing for 7th through 12th rankings.  With their fourth place finish in the B Final, DUC landed among the top 10 quads in the nation.

Relatively young with only five seniors, DUC’s Men’s Eight raced in the most crowded field with 27 entries.  DUC fans were thrilled with the Eight’s best ever finish in time trials.  In repechages, DUC finished a mere two seconds off C Final qualifiers Atlanta Juniors for fourth place.  In the D Final, DUC battled against Boston’s Community Rowing, Inc. (CRI), rowing to a nail-biting photofinish, only four tenths of a second behind first place.

DUC’s Women’s Eight wowed fans in the repechages by qualifying for the second year in a row for the C Final, finishing third behind Portland’s Rose City Rowing Club and Boston’s CRI.  At an impressive 42 strokes per minute, DUC walked past New Trier and Dayton in the last 500 meters to finish fourth, earning a 16th place finish for the second year in a row. 

Returning for a second year to Youth Nationals, DUC Men’s Lightweight 8 landed in repechages after time trials, finishing seventh in the D Final.

Rowing is growing nationally at 27%, and this emergent sport represents the best opportunity in youth athletics to earn a collegiate scholarship.  Athletes interested in trying the ultimate team sport are encouraged to register for one (ore more!) of three four-day Learn to Row summer camps offered by DUC in July.

Women’s Varsity 8+

Grace Condon, Georgia Wellborn, Katrina Csaky, Ellie Rodriguez, Kat Moore, Katie Hammonds, Sryia Dodda, Rachel Craycroft, Alyssa Manganello (coxswain)

Men's Varsity 4X

Will Beck, Bryce Miltenberger, Andrew Schweizer, Mason Gosslee

Men’s Varsity 8+

Elliott Duessel, Nik Knapp, Kristoff Csaky, Connor Alexander, Anthony Wang, Jake Lawson, Anders Ekstrom, Ben Genender, Ava Craycroft (coxswain)

Men’s Lightweight 8+

Garrett Botsch, Henry Isom, Drew Ngo, Diego Avilla, Luca Whittlemore, Brian Huang, Kian Yank, Thomas Botsch, Devon Foley (coxswain)

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Dallas, Texas –Dallas United Crew (DUC) invites you to its first annual on-line raffle and silent auction.  The youth team hopes to raise more than $50,000 to purchase two sleek, high-performance, aero-dynamically-designed Hudson 8+ boats to upgrade its fleet. The new boats will allow DUC to retire older ones that weathered the outdoor elements prior to construction of our new boathouse.

 Buy for yourself or give unique and unforgettable gifts for

  • Valentine’s Day!
  • Easter!
  • Graduation!
  • Mother’s Day & Father’s Day!

The auction and raffle open Friday, January 18thand conclude 11:00 pm on January 26th.  Follow this link: Dallas United Crew Auction & Raffle for items you don’t want to miss, including:

Raffle of 2 premier tickets to Hamilton

Tickets to this Tony and Grammy Award-winning blockbuster have been historically hard to get.  Each raffle ticket buys you a chance of winning a pair of premium seats for May 1st at 7:30pm at the Music Hall at Fair Park. Two tickets, Orchestra Section D, Row N.  Parking is included.

 100K Miles on American Airlines

It’s time to get away on American Airlines! This package of 100,000 miles can get you: a round-trip flight to Europe or with advance planning, Asia or the Middle East; two round-trip tickets to paradise (e.g. Hawaii); or up to four round-trip domestic flights. These miles can be combined with others you might have or can purchase to make your traveling-dreams come true.

 Mavericks Game Tickets:

Bring your A-game to help cheer on the Mavs! Each of two auction packages includes four lower-level tickets and one Lot A parking pass.  Choose to bid for Wednesday, Feb 13th Mavs vs. The Heat or Tuesday, March 12th Mavs vs. Houston Rockets.  A not-to-miss event for your favorite sports fans! Tickets are Section 107 Row E, lower level.

Fine Wine:

Indulge your tastebuds with the purchase of one or more of three auction items featuring fine wine, including a 2009 Proprietary Blend Pluribus, 1.5L Magnum boasting stunning concentration, depth and power.

 Local buyers only.  Dallas United Crew is a registered 501c (3) nonprofit organization and donations are tax deductible.

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Mens 8+ wins gold in the night sprints Mason Gosslee, Nik Knapp, Eric Martin, Jake Lawson, Bryce Miltenberger, Andrew Schweizer, Anthony Wang, Ben Genender and coxswain, Ava Craycroft
Dallas United Crew (DUC) rowing team competed in its first fall regatta of the 2018-2019 Season at the Head of the Oklahoma regatta in Oklahoma City, OK on September 29-30, at the Boathouse District on the Oklahoma River. Great fall weather greeted the team as they navigated the twists, turns, bridges and competition of the 4000-meter course. DUC fielded twenty-nine boats with more than eighty athletes.
 
Dallas United won gold in an impressive seven events – three in youth rowing, two in masters adult rowing and two in adaptive Veterans - bringing home 47 gold medals.  DUC youth Varsity rowers earned a total of 55 medals overall, the most of any varsity club.
 
For the youth, summer training, with seven athletes rowing over one million meters on the ergometer and garnering boat naming rights, contributed to the wins. DUC’s Women’s Youth 8+ bested their closest competition, Southeast Regional Champions, Sarasota Crew, by a whopping ten seconds in the 4K head race. The Men’s Youth 8+, challenged US Rowing’s 2018 Youth Nationals Champions, Sarasota Crew, for dominance in the 4K head race, and were edged out of first place by a mere one second. 
 

For the first time in program history, DUC fielded a mixed master’s adult boat with 4 male and 4 female rowers whom raced to victory. DUC Adaptive Veterans earned two gold medals.

 
The sun went down; the lights went up, and the DUC Men’s Youth 8+ churned a jaw-dropping photo-finish to earn gold in the 500-meter Night Sprints.  Returning regional champions, DUC’s Women’s Youth 8+, finished .82 seconds behind a determined Sarasota Crew, earning silver.  
 
 
GOLD MEDALS
Varsity Women's Youth 8+ (4000 m)
Lightweight Men’s Youth 8+ (4000 m)
Varsity Men’s Youth 8+ (500 m)
Mixed Masters Men/Women 8+ (4000 m)
Masters Women 8+ (4000 m)
Adaptive Veterans Men’s (500 m – Heat 1)
Adaptive Veterans Men’s (500 m – Heat 2)
 
SILVER MEDALS
Varsity Men's 8+ (4000 m)
Varsity Women's 8+ (500 m)
Varsity Women’s 4+ (4000 m)
Varsity Men’s 4+ (4000 m)
 
BRONZE MEDALS
Masters Women 8+ (4000 m)
Adaptive Veterans Men’s (500 m)
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DUC Boys Novice 8+ Wins Texas State Championship Coxswain Topher Luzarraga, Jack Lawson, Dawson Rogers, Alex Singh, Westley Sturhan, Luke Schweizer, Douglass Garret and Trip Winans

Dallas, Texas - Dallas United Crew rowers competed in two regattas last weekend  - the Texas Rowing Championships in Austin, TX and the Mercer Sprints in West Windsor, NJ.

TEXAS ROWING CHAMPIONSHIP – AUSTIN TEXAS

The DUC Novice crews comprised of first year middle school and high school rowers raced for their first Texas Rowing Championships last weekend in Austin, Texas. The 1000-meter event features a seven-lane, fully buoyed racecourse on Lady Bird Lake and takes place at Festival Beach Park.  The state championships are the primer for the Regional Championships coming in May.

Congratulations to the two boy’s novice crews that won the coveted Texas State Championship Titles – DUC’s Boys Novice 8 and Boys Novice 4!  Both crews earned the right to be called the “fastest boats in Texas” with convincing open water wins, 7.5 seconds ahead of 2nd place for the Novice 8 and 6.9 seconds ahead of 2nd place for the Novice 4.

Not only did our youth rowers bring home the hardware from Austin, DUC’s Masters Women’s 8 earned a bronze medal and John Fay, retired Army veteran, earned a bronze medal in the Adaptive race.  John’s race was truly remarkable as he was only 1.53 minutes from the first place winner whom was an able-bodied adaptive rower!

Congratulations to all of our DUC rowers and coxswains that raced in the Texas Rowing Championships.

GOLD: TWO STATE CHAMPIONSHIP TITLES - Fastest Boats in Texas

Boys Novice 8+

Coxswain Topher Luzarraga, Jack Lawson, Dawson Rogers, Alex Singh, Westley Sturhan, Luke Schweizer, Douglass Garret and Trip Winans 

Boys Novice 4+

Coxswain Topher Luzarraga, Jack Lawson, Dawson Rogers, Alex Singh, Trip Winans 

BRONZE MEDALS

Masters Women’s 8+

Coxswain-Michelle Stowers. Meredith Noto, Jeannette Hernandez, Cathy Ranspot, Jill Odorizzi, Courtney Williams, Nan Miller, Erin Faust and Debbie Settle

Adaptive Single – 1X

John Fay, Retired Army Veteran

 

MERCER SPRINTS – WEST WINDSOR, NEW JERSEY

While the Novices were in Texas, DUC’s Varsity Girls and Boys traveled to New Jersey to race in the highly competitive The Mercer Lake Sprints/ISA Championship.  The Regatta takes place on Mercer Lake located in West Windsor, NJ. Mercer Lake has hosted numerous regattas including five Olympic Rowing Team Trials, USRowing Selection Regattas, two NCAA Women's Rowing Championships and many more.

This regatta represented a great opportunity for DUC Athletes to compete against some of the top crews in the country outside of the Central Regional. Each crew raced in individual heats, and top crews landed a place in the finals.  DUC’s hard work paid off this weekend as four crews advanced to the final rounds – three crews qualifying for the Grand Finals and one crew qualifying for the Petit Finals.

Congratulations to all of our DUC rowers and coxswains that raced in the Mercer Sprints.

GRAND FINALS RESULTS

4th Place – Boys Varsity 4x  

Will Schweizer, Bryce Miltenberger, Andrew Schweizer, Connor Alexander

4th Place - Boys 2nd Varsity 4x 

Luca Whittemore, Eliot Duessel, Tom Botsch, Kian Yank

6th Place Girls Varsity 8+ 

 

PETIT FINAL RESULTS

2nd Place – Boys Varsity 8

Henry Bolt, Anders Ekstrom, Kristoff Csaky, Nik Knapp, Anson Smith, Ben Genender, Anthony Wang, Hunter Adams and coxswain: Ava Craycroft

Next on the regatta schedule for DUC’s Youth Rowers is the Central Region Championships to be held May 5th in Oklahoma City, OK.   This is the last race of the season and is the qualifier for the USRowing Nationals to be held later this summer.

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East Dallas – Last week, the clubhouse at The Trails Apartment was decked out in all pink as Dallas United Crew’s PINK Breast Cancer Survivor dragon boat team welcomed new members and hosted the kick-off to their third race season.  What makes this season different than the rest? This season, the team plans to race this summer in Florence, Italy in the International BCS Dragon Boat Festival!

To help raise funds for the trip, the PINK team partnered with local entrepreneur Tony Palmer, founder of TropicSport mineral sunscreen and skin care, which launched earlier this year.   Tony was on hand to present the team a check to the team that will go towards the team’s Italy trip. Funds were raised through TropicSport’s affinity program that donates proceeds back to non-profits and local community organizations. 

“I'm thrilled to have a part in making your trip possible. You are an inspiration of what survivorship looks like.”  Palmer told the team.  As he continued, there was an emotional moment when he shared his personal cancer journey for the first time publically,  “As a lymphoma survivor myself, I know what is it is like to have a doctor tell you,  ‘you have six months to live’.  I’m in full remission now, yet I was concerned about negative impact that chemical sunscreens can have on the planet and people. That was a big inspiration for starting TropicSport.”

“I think it was a surprise to all of us,” says Debbie Kehoe, PINK paddler and 22-year survivor.  “I had no idea that the active chemicals in mainstream sunscreen were so harmful to the reefs and marine life.  What’s really scary is that these chemicals are also hormone disruptors creating havoc on our bodies and enabling cancer to grow,” Kehoe explained. “We’re grateful to partner with Tony and TropicSport because it helps us in more ways than one – helps us raise funds, but more importantly no harsh active chemicals!”

Dallas United PINK dragon boat practices are in full swing getting ready for the upcoming racing season.  The team will be heading to Florence, Italy in just a few months.  If you are a survivor or know someone who is, Dallas United PINK is for you! Come join us on White Rock Lake and don’t forget to wear your sunscreen!

About Dallas United Crew

Dallas United Crew’s mission is to transform lives and build community through teamwork in oar and paddle sports. DUC offers a variety of rowing and dragon boating programs for adults and youth age 11+ on White Rock Lake located in East Dallas. Since 2002, DUC has been building community, fostering leadership and teamwork and having fun through oar and paddle sports. These programs challenge, strengthen and empower people both mentally and physically. Both novice and experienced rowers and paddlers are welcome. DUC is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and donations are tax-deductible. For complete information on getting out on the water with DUC, visit www.dallasunitedcrew.org.

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About TropicSport

TropicSport, part of X3EM Brands, manufactures in the USA a complete line of mineral sunscreens that are reef friendly, and after-sun face and body cleansers and moisturizers designed to be a complete skincare system that protects, cleanses and replenishes. TropicSport sunscreen products are made from natural ingredients like non-nano zinc oxide & titanium dioxide. All products come in reusable and recyclable containers, and are environmentally friendly. Learn more at TropicSport.com/ducp.

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Dallas United Crew Men's Varsity 8 (L to R) Coxswain Ava Craycroft; Rowers: Anthony Wang, Hunter Adams, Eric Martin, Ben Genender, Anson Smith, Nik Knapp, Kristoff Csaky and Anders Ekstrom
Dallas United Crew (DUC) Varsity Men raced in the prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta on Oct 22 in Cambridge, MA. The Head Of The Charles Regatta is the world’s largest two-day rowing event. More than 11,000 athletes from around the world compete in 55 different race events. Boats compete against one another and the clock, which starts sequentially, approximately fifteen seconds apart.

DUC Varsity Men's 8 crew placed 21st out of 85 crews from around the country and the world. “This year’s crew was young with only two seniors and six underclassmen – four juniors, one sophomore and one freshmen,” says Program Director Steve Perry. “Five of these rowers and our coxswain raced in this event for their first time. This race is known for it's winding course, bridges and treacherous turns. It’s a testament to the crew and our coxswain Ava Craycroft, a sophomore, to have navigated skillfully through this challenging course. ” says Perry.   Dallas United Crew continues to gain attention on the international stage moving up in the standings for the last three years.  DUC's Men's Varsity boat earned their invitation to race again in 2018, an impressive accomplishment for these young athletes. 
 
Congratulations to DUC’s Men’s Varsity 8 representing six Dallas high schools: Anders Ekstrom, Kristoff Csaky, Nik Knapp, Anson Smith, Ben Genender, Eric Martin, Hunter Adams, Anthony Wang and coxswain Ava Craycroft. 
 

About Dallas United Crew

Dallas United Crew’s mission is to transform lives and build community through teamwork in oar and paddle sports. DUC offers a variety of rowing and dragon boating programs for adults and youth age 11+ on White Rock Lake located in East Dallas. Since 2002, DUC has been building community, fostering leadership and teamwork and having fun through oar and paddle sports. These programs challenge, strengthen and empower people both mentally and physically. Both novice and experienced rowers and paddlers are welcome. DUC is a registered 501c(3) nonprofit organization and donations are tax-deductible. For complete information on getting out on the water with DUC, visit www.dallasunitedcrew.org.

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Gold Medalists - DUC Men's Novice 8 Trip Winans, Josh Martin, Alexander Singh, Jack Lawson, Westley Sturhan, Dawson Rogers, Luke Cummins, Drew Ngo, Topher Luzarraga (coxswain)

The Dallas United Crew (DUC) rowing team competed in its first competition of the season at the Head of the Oklahoma regatta in Oklahoma City on October 7-8 at the OKC River Sports District on the Oklahoma River. Great fall weather greeted the team as they competed in their races. DUC did a great job of preparing for the season and this weekend their hard work paid off.

Dallas United had six crews medal, bringing home a total of 46 medals overall, and topping the medal counts from the previous two years. The Men’s Novice 8+ brought home a gold medal with a convincing twenty-seven second lead over next boat.  “It’s great to see the novice men win,” said Program Director Steve Perry. “It's exciting to see their hard work pay off, especially on a 5k course.  With novices, the races can be a bit unpredictable, yet they did a great job and stayed with their race plan." DUC also placed silver in two races, the Men's Lightweight 8+ and the Women's Lightweight 4+.  Bronze medals were earned by three crews - Women's Varsity 8+, Men's Varsity 8+ and Men's 4+.  Congratulations to these DUC athletes:

GOLD MEDAL

Novice Men's 8+

Drew Ngo, Trip Winans, Luke Cummins, Josh Martin, Dawson Rogers, Alexander Singh, Westley Sturhan, Jack Lawson, Topher Luzarraga

 

SILVER MEDALS

Men's Lightweight 8+

Justin Rigg, Harrison Schick, Christian Schick, Jack Waters, John Donahue, Brian Huang, Sam Evans, Cole Pettijohn and coxswain: Deven Foley

Women's Lightweight 4+:

Christina Healy, Hannah Sipes, Grace-Cook Burton, Marissa Tiscareno and coxswain: Kate Corey

 

BRONZE MEDALS:

Women's Varsity 8+

Marisa Tiscareno, Anna Savant, Grace Condon, Sutton Delaney, Julia van Witzenburg, Katie Hammonds, Izzy Harrington, Rachel Crayton and Coxswain: Camryn Fleming

Men’s Varsity 8+

Anders Ekstrom, Kristoff Csaky, Nick Knapp, Anson Smith, Ben Genender, Eric Martin, Hunter Adams, Anthony Wang and coxswain: Mackenzie Harrod

Men’s Varsity 4+

Kristoff Csaky, Nik Knapp, Anthony Wang, Anders Ekstrom and coxswain: Mackenzie Harrod

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Dallas United PINK Breast Cancer Survivor Dragon Boat Team

In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Dallas United PINK is proud to announce that they will be representing North Texas in the International Breast Cancer Survivor Dragon Boat Festival in Florence, Italy, July 6-8, 2018.  This incredible event happens every four years with over 2,400 survivors and 120 crews from around the world. Dragon Boating has been proven to aid in the post surgery recovery program for breast cancer patients.

Many in the Dallas area have never heard of dragon boating.  Dragon boats are 22-person canoes that originated in China approximately 2,000 years ago. The boats consist of 20 paddlers, one steersperson and one drummer.  Newcomer Vickie Johnson, survivor and RN nurse navigator, was excited to find something different.  “So, why am I a part of Dallas United PINK? I didn’t want to walk or run, but paddle? That was something totally different! We turn awareness into action every time we step into our boat, set up and paddle. We paddle to prove to ourselves we are strong again. We paddle to prove to our breast cancer sisters, there is life after your diagnosis.  We paddle because we simply want to win the race!”

To create awareness for breast cancer and celebrate survivorship, PINK paddlers are hosting a Community Paddle Party on October 21 at White Rock Lake.  Come paddle with us whether you’re a breast cancer survivor or simply want to try something new!

Date: October 21st

Where: 417 E. Lawther Road at White Rock Lake

Time: 10a – 1pm

FREE  - $10 Donation per person suggested to raise funds for PINK

  

About Dallas United Crew

Dallas United Crew’s mission is to transform lives and build community through teamwork in oar and paddle sports. DUC offers a variety of rowing and dragon boating programs for adults and youth age 11+ on White Rock Lake located in East Dallas. Since 2002, DUC has been building community, fostering leadership and teamwork and having fun through oar and paddle sports. These programs challenge, strengthen and empower people both mentally and physically. Both novice and experienced rowers and paddlers are welcome. DUC is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and donations are tax-deductible. For complete information on getting out on the water with DUC, visit www.dallasunitedcrew.org.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/DallasUnitedCrew

Twitter:  www.twitter.com/RowDallasUnited

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