Row­ing up­stream

A CrossFit row-a-thon is a fundraiser for a youth sum­mer pro­gram

The Community Connection - - LOCAL NEWS - By Michilea Pat­ter­son mpat­ter­ @MichileaP on Twit­ter

Row, row, row your boat will be the theme of the night for a fundrais­ing event at CrossFit Pottstown.

The fit­ness or­ga­ni­za­tion is host­ing a row-a-thon from 7 to 10 p.m. Fri­day at 21 N. Hanover St. Reg­is­tered par­tic­i­pants will row for a set time on in­door ma­chines to raise at least $50 each. Rowers ei­ther pay the money them­selves or get spon­sors. Each par­tic­i­pant will re­ceive a free T-shirt.

Pro­ceeds from the night will go to­ward the Schuylkill River Ath­letic Club which is or­ga­niz­ing a sum­mer youth pro­gram called Row Up. The pro­gram is de­signed to al­low mid­dle and high school stu­dents the op­por­tu­nity to learn row­ing prac­tices. Row Up will ben­e­fit youth by in­creas­ing phys­i­cal strength, en­durance and over­all fit­ness, ac­cord­ing to the rowa-thon reg­is­tra­tion form. The form also stated that stu­dents will learn dis­ci­pline, team­work and ded­i­ca­tion.

“There’s a men­tor­ing com­po­nent to it,” said John Breen, row­ing coach.

He said Row Up prin­ci­ples were adopted from sim­i­lar pro­grams in New York and Penn­syl­va­nia. The youth pro­grams aim to em­power stu­dents phys­i­cally and men­tally through the sport of row­ing. Breen said these pro­grams have been great for youth but usu­ally aren’t avail­able to ev­ery­one. He said Row Up will give area youth the op­por­tu­nity to try some­thing new that might not have been pos­si­ble oth­er­wise.

“We want chil­dren who have never rowed be­fore to get in a boat, train, com­pete and win,” stated the row-athon reg­is­tra­tion form.

Row Up is a six-week pro­gram that will in­clude CrossFit train­ing, dragon boat train­ing, a nutri­tion clinic and more. All par­tic­i­pants will have the op­por­tu­nity to ac­tu­ally row on the wa­ter.

The Pottstown Area Health & Well­ness Foun­da­tion is spon­sor­ing the pro­gram but more money is still needed to al­low as many as youth as pos­si­ble to ben­e­fit from the ex­pe­ri­ence. The Schuylkill River Ath­letic Club has a goal to raise $6,000 through the row-athon on Fri­day. Do­na­tions are also wel­comed.

For more in­for­ma­tion on how to sign up for the rowa-thon or the Row Up pro­gram, Con­tact CrossFit Pottstown owner Rob Matthews by email­ing or call 610327-1321.

Stu­dents par­tic­i­pate in an in­door row­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

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