Rio Can Do Crew Can Use YOU! By: Jennifer Blatt

Ever wondered what adaptive rowing is all about? Now's your chance to FIND out. Come help the Can Do Crew - no experience necessary! We have several opportunities this spring, and we could use some help:

 

OPPORTUNITY #1  

We have three athletes who have been identified as potential Paralympic adaptive rowers, and we are trying to get them as much on-water time as possible:

  • Collin Raaz, a Trunk-Arms sculler who's heading to Para-Rowing World Championship Trials in NJ in early July; Collin will compete for a seat in a Mixed 2x.
  • Jason Graber, an Arms-Shoulders sculler and silver medalist at both C.R.A,S,H.-Bs and Bayada adaptive regatta in 2012; Jason races in a 1x.
  • Adam Rowland ("Rowland"), a Leg-Trunk-Arms - Visual Impairment sweep rower whose erg score earned him an invitation to a National Team development camp in late May in Oklahoma City; Rowland will try out in a 4+.
 
We want these athletes to get as much on-water time as possible before they face the competition, and you could help. Here's a link to our adaptive practice schedule (thru May 31 -- we'll be adding dates to go thru early July).   
 
If you're interested in volunteering, just add your name and indicate the sessions you're available (don't forget to add your contact info on the 2nd worksheet).
 
We especially need experienced rowers as volunteers for the Tu/Th PM sweep sessions with Rowland -- he has only three weeks on the water before he leaves for camp. For you scullers who've always wanted to try sweep -- here's your chance!
 
Questions? just email  Wendy Benz.
 
 
OPPORTUNITY #2  
We lead three weekly adaptive erg classes at the SpoFit (5031 E. Washington St., behind the Disability Empowerment Center to the east of the Stockyards Restaurant). Coach Helen Griffin really could use some volunteers on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 1:15 - 2:30 PM.
 
You can email her directly if you're able to help.
 
We're also in the midst of a 12-week rowing session with the Wounded Warrior Project. There may be some more volunteer opportunities with this program as it progresses. Stay tuned here for more details.
 
And, a special thanks to those of you Rio Rowing coaches and rowers who've already volunteered with "Can Do Crew", sharing your love of the sport with others who might not otherwise be able to experience rowing. You've really made a difference.
 
Hope you can join us too!


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