Rowing Teams Help Out in Community

By Sara Elcano, Assistant Athletics Communications Director

SALEM, ORE. -- The Willamette University rowing teams spent some time on Saturday, Sept. 25. volunteering at the Marion Polk Food Share. Approximately 45 rowers worked all morning to help organize donated food for distribution to local people in need.

The rowers were also educated about the challenges facing our local community. The Marion Polk Food Share gets donated food from farmers and local industries and then distributes that food to families in need. The organization employs 25 people and depends heavily on volunteers to help distribute the food as quickly and efficiently as possible.

For junior rower Christina Thorburn (Niwot, CO/Niwot HS), the service project was a great experience. "The volunteering went great--we talked about it in the car on the way back, and it seemed like everyone had a good time and we got a lot done," said Thorburn. "We felt useful!"

"You could really see the student-athletes tapping into the strength and unity of our team," added Head Coach Susan Parkman. "It felt very good to know that together the rowers on the Willamette crew team can truly make a positive difference in their local community."

The rowing teams are hosting the Willamette Fall Regatta on Saturday, Oct. 16 at the Salem Yacht and Boating Club. The Salem Yacht and Boating Club has served as Willamette's fall training site and is located adjacent to the Eola Inn on Highway 22.

The event will begin at 8 a.m. (PDT) and run until about 12 p.m. (PDT). Parents and other spectators are encouraged to attend. All guests should park in the Eola Inn parking lot

The women's rowing team will be racing against Washington State University. All other Willamette crew will be racing intrasquad events.

Members of the Willamette rowing teams helped bundle food for families in need.

Members of the Willamette rowing teams helped bundle food for families in need.