Great Miami Crew, a youth rowing team in Hamilton, Ohio, needs your help! A small non-profit organization and a team that behaves like “The Little Engine That Could” became displaced from our boathouse (our home) in early November immediately following an incredibly successful competition season.
Established in 2007, Great Miami Crew has been home to hundreds of high schoolers and is the kind of organization you want your child to belong to -- the kids behave like family to one another. They become physically fit training year round; their eyes aren’t in their phones and the sun is on their faces!
We have two needs -- big ones! First, we need operating expenses. Rowing, unlike most high school sports, requires incredibly expensive equipment -- one 8-person rowing shell is upwards of $30,000. We pay monthly on a loan to cover the cost of our fleet, while also covering coaching staff, funding a scholarship account for kids in need and other expenses. In addition, we will also unexpectedly have to pay rent on a winter training space this year. Second, we need a permanent home -- a boathouse to house our boats and to train in.
In a world with so many VIRTUAL experiences, Great Miami Crew provides kids and their families with a real experience. One of our rowers says, “Going to practice every day, has in many ways, kept me alive through a difficult high school experience.” Another rower thanked our old boathouse as we shut the doors for the final time saying, "Good bye Big Blue Box. I’ve logged a lot of miles here. I’ve met some great people who are now close friends. I’ve learned how hard my body can work, how much pain I can endure, I’ve lost my baby fat and grown whiskers here. I’ve learned to love the sport of rowing. Than you to all the coaches, friends and parents that have made the concrete floors and metal siding a very special place to grow up.”
We have always fostered a fun, welcoming environment for kids from Mason, Dayton, Lakota, Ross, Fairfield, Hamilton and beyond. We are a group of community volunteers and parents committed to building this team -- we’d like to leave a legacy for other children because of what it has meant to ours. It is with this commitment that we promise to honor your donation and spend it to keep our team together and strong. Learn more about our team on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/greatmiamicrew/