Dec. 6, 2011
The Loyola University Maryland crew programs will put their rowing skills to work for the community on Wednesday, January 25, 2012, 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 effort benefits a local Habitat for Humanity group in West Baltimore. On Friday, December 2, the team went down to a work site in West Baltimore and was given a tour by the Habitat for Humanity staff. The staff members taught the rowers more about their work and how Loyola helps them.
The Greyhounds have set a goal to raise $4,000 to donate to Habitat for Humanity this year.
At the fundraiser, teams of Loyola rowers attempt to row 12 hours (7 a.m. until 7 p.m.) on ergometers (indoor rowing machines). Each rower spends 2-3 hours at the event, but non-Loyola rowers are welcome to split up the time 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, Loyola is planning to row for over 500,000 meters combined.
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. 100-percent of the money raised by non-rowers will go to Habitat for Humanity.
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," said Ramirez. "As participation increases, earnings increase as well."
Anyone who is interested in helping the team can attend a meeting on Wednesday, December 7, or Thursday, December 8, where the team will be stuffing envelopes with brochures to send out to help get donations.
Anyone who would like to donate can fill out the form in the brochure which is available here .