Rowing Teams To Row For Humanity On Thursday

Jan. 31, 2011

BALTIMORE, Md. - The Loyola University Maryland crew programs will put their rowing skills to work for the community on Thursday, February 3, when the Greyhounds join Loyola students to take part in Row for Humanity in McGuire Hall.

"We're excited to once again host the Row for Humanity event here at Loyola," said Head Coach Al Ramirez. It's a great opportunity to do community service and an excellent opportunity for the Loyola community at large to help Habitat for Humanity and the students' general fitness level."

The Greyhounds will look to top the $4,000 they helped raise at last year's Row for Humanity event by 20 percent, a part of the total $30,000 raised nationwide for Habitat for Humanity.

Teams of Loyola rowers attempt to row 12 hours on ergometers (indoor rowing machines). Each rower aims to row for one hour on the machines, but non-Loyola rowers are welcome to split up the hour by bringing others along and rowing for 15 or 20 minutes at a time. Keeping track of how far each participant rows using the machine's computers, Row for Humanity is planning to row for over 1.5 million meters.

Students who have never rowed before are invited to take part and receive instruction from Loyola's esteemed rowing coaches, as well as enjoy refreshments on hand.

Row for Humanity is a national event that began at Kansas State and has spread to Tulsa, Bucknell, Boston University, George Washington, Mary Washington, Northeastern and Michigan. The event makes the largest one-time donation that many Habitat for Humanity campus chapters receive annually.

"I'm looking forward to seeing the rowing team and the general population together there on Thursday," said Ramirez. "As participation increases, earnings increase as well."