RECOVERY ON WATER
NEWSLETTER
SUMMER 2015
Dear Supporters:
 
It is hard to believe summer is almost over, but what a summer it has been. Many exciting things have happened over the course of the past few months - National Learn to Row Day, ROW BLUE Camp, the Chicago Sprints, Bike4ROW, and the groundbreaking of a new home - just to name a few. After 1,000 miles around Lake Michigan, I've had a lot of time to reflect on all the amazing things ROW has accomplished in 2015 thus far. 

We started off the summer by adding four interns - Dan, Steph, Kat, and Nikki - to our staff. This robust group of talented interns worked hard for ROW all summer long, from coxing and lending a hand at practice to learning how to write grants and build social media campaigns. In early June we celebrated National Learn to Row Day by hosting a free learn-to-row event at our south branch rowing site. The Bridgeport community came out and learned about our program and the sport we love so much. With the boathouse well on its way, we are confident our neighbors are as excited as we are to amplify the sport’s presence and the community’s familiarity with our survivorship program.

In late June we partnered up with the Coast Guard Auxiliary to host a Chicago River Safety Seminar for all local teams, giving us more tools to stay safe on our working body of water. In July we received a generous gift of $100,000 just before our dedicated Bike4ROW cyclists set out to conquer Lake Michigan in 15 days. The combination of all these fundraising efforts will help ROW grow and thrive in the coming year- and we'll need them!

Due to our recruiting efforts led by the team, board and staff, 20 new survivors have joined the ROW program since January. To me, there is no better news to deliver. There is no better way to gauge our program's success than to see it in high demand. 52% of the current team requests scholarship to become part of the program, making it likely that we’ll have more survivors that will request scholarship funds to join the ROW team this fall.  

I hope that you will join me in committing to help ROW make the second half of 2015 as successful as the first. Please continue to share our unique and powerful mission and join us at Let the Good Times ROW in November.

 
We appreciate your continued support. As always: GO ROW!
 
Jenn Gibbons
Executive Director
Recovery on Water (ROW)

 

Making Strides on the Water
Getting on the water this season started with an orientation to outdoor rowing for our novices and a re-orientation for our veteran rowers. Once the team hit the water, our sights were set on training for the Chicago Sprints just 12 short weeks from practice number one.
ROW and University of Chicago Crew
Within the first month of the season ROW got together with long-time friends of the program, the University of Chicago Men's and Women's Crew Teams for a joint practice. Athletes from both teams rowed mixed lineups and really benefitted from a nice change of pace. As we are all well aware, we get by with a little help from our friends.
The 2015 Chicago Sprints
This year's Chicago Sprints weekend brought sunny skies and the first race experience for our novices. We were very excited to have four boats have a strong showing. ROW 1 finished 9th in the women's novice eight. ROW 3 finished 8th in the women's masters four. In the women's masters eights, ROW 2 and ROW 3 finished 10th and 8th respectively. Great job to all the crews!
National Learn to Row Day
 
ROW had an awesome time not only getting to know some members of the community, but also teaching them how to row and experience the sport we are so passionate about.  There was a great turn out as people of all ages learned just what goes on at the Eleanor Site and how it feels to be in a rowing boat. The most successful part of our National Learn to Row Day was spreading the word about Recovery On Water and getting the community members excited about a boathouse coming to the south branch.
Beer4ROW
 
Despite the flood and tornado warnings, nearly a hundred people braved the weather to make this event a success. We raised over $1,200 for ROW! Smoke Daddy’s graciously catered and the BBQ was delicious. Lagunitas hosted the event in their taproom. The venue was definitely unique and most importantly had a TV to watch the Blackhawk’s game. The Blackhawks winning the Stanley Cup was the perfect end to a great evening for ROW.
Bike4ROW

1,000 miles, 1 million smiles, $74,000 raised
In it's second year Bike4ROW enjoyed much of the success from its first year, pushing our current fundraising number all the way up to $74,000. Along with the first day, last day, one week, and two week cycling options, ROW added a two-day ride option from Milwaukee. 12 additional cyclists joined us for the last two days of the ride, picking up our spirits and helping us celebrate as we got back to sweet home, Chicago. Missed your chance to ride with us? We look forward to seeing you on the bike for the 2016 Bike4ROW. 
We are currently at
$74,000
help us reach our goal of $150,000! 

Visit the link below to donate
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Let the Good Times ROW Keynote Speaker
 
ROW is delighted to announce that Linda Muri, head coach of Dartmouth College Women's Crew, is our key note speaker for the Let the Good Times ROW. Linda Muri is a breast cancer survivor, nine-time U.S. National team member, and three-time world champion. We look forward to having her speak and share her experiences with us at this year's gala. Don't forget to save the date for November 14th!
Boathouse Ground Breaking Ceremony
WE  BROKE GROUND! On Sunday, August 9th the Chicago Park District along with Mayor Rahm Emmanuel, Alderman Patrick Thompson and our south side teams celebrated the beginning of construction on the Eleanor Boathouse. Project engineers anticipate that the boathouse should be done within the next year.   
 
Special Thanks: ROW Summer Intern Staff
Our interns this summer have been a great addition to the team helping out at practices, fundraisers, and in the office. Their smiling faces and helpful hands will always be welcome at ROW. We'll miss them in the fall and hope they'll come back to visit us in the future.
Thank You Coach Erin
Coach Erin has been with ROW since 2012 and we are sad to her go. She will be dearly missed and we will never forget all she has taught us on and off the water. We wish her all the best as she embarks on a new journey earning her doctorate and coaching at her alma mater, the University of Michigan. 
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