SUPPORT

We are a student run team, the largest student-run athletics program at the University of Chicago, and we need your help.

In order to reach our goals, we need the support of our alumni, parents, and friends to address some of the obstacles in our way. We have the vision to get us there, and your contributions will help bring that vision to life.

OUR VISION

The University of Chicago Crew is a securely-established, club rowing program well-supported through alumni and parent donations and uniquely supported at the University of Chicago. It is one of the most competitive club rowing programs in the country, with top finishes at the Dad Vail Regatta, the Head of the Charles, the ACRA Championship Regatta, the San Diego Crew Classic, and the Knecht Cup.

Our path to this vision goes through several steps or phases:

Phase One: Eliminate the debt the team has carried for several years.

Phase Two: Continue to work with the city of Chicago in the development of the Jeannie Gang-designed Eleanor Street boathouse, which will be University of Chicago Crew's permanent home.

Phase Three: By establishing consistent fundraising practices in Phase One, we now are able to consistently raise enough money to purchase new equipment annually, and pay our coaches more competitive salaries and stipends. Both of these are essential for maintaining a competitive, consistent program.

Phase Four: Lobby the college to provide more financial support to the crew program. Only after establishing the positive results we can accomplish on our own will we gain more support from within the college.

WHAT WE ARE EXCITED ABOUT: BUILDING MOMENTUM

Full-Time Head Coaching

In 2012, UChicago Crew welcomed Trish Brubaker as our new Head Coach. A seasoned coach and athlete herself, Trish brings to the team years of experience in building and leading successful crews. Her expertise both on and off the water are helping propel the team forward.

A Boathouse Designed by World Renowned Architect, Jeanne Gang

The City of Chicago has announced that it will be constructing boathouses along the Chicago River. The boathouses will be designed by Jeanne Gang, a MacArthur Fellow architect who's changing the landscape of Chicago architecture. Soon, UChicago Crew will call one of those boathouses, set to be built on our current site, as our new home.

Rising Athletic Success

In the last few years, UChicago Crew has experienced amazing success at major, national regattas. The list below is a snapshot of that success:

  - 3rd, Medal, Women's Collegiate 4+, Head of the Charles 2009
  - 5th, Non-Medal, Men's Collegiate 4+, Head of the Charles 2009
  - 3rd, Medal, Women's Collegiate 4+, Head of the Charles 2010
  - 5th, Medal, Men's Collegiate 4+, Head of the Charles 2010
  - 2nd, Silver Medal, Women's Varsity 4+, ACRA 2010
  - 5th, Medal, Women's Varsity 4+, Head of the Charles 2011
  - 3rd, Bronze Medal, Men's Lightweight 4+, Dad Vail 2011
  - 2nd, Silver Medal, Men's Lightweight 4+, ACRA 2011
  - 1st, Gold Medal, Men's Lightweight 4+, Dad Vail 2012
  - 1st, Gold Medal, Men's Lightweight 4+, ACRA 2012

WHAT WE NEED TO ADDRESS: OVERCOMING OBSTACLES

Financial Stability

Our team's growth in the last few years has unfortunately left our team indebted to the University. We have worked diligently and consistently in bringing that deficit down. However, several thousand more dollars remain. We cannot reach the success we hope to achieve if the financial obstacles of the present remain in our way. We are committed to continuing the momentum of our team responsibly, and that first means addressing our debt.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Attend our regattas and events

  - Dad Vail National Championship, Philadelphia, PA, May 10th and 11th
  - ACRA National Championship, Gainesville, GA, May 25th and 26th
  - Alumni Weekend Row and BBQ, Chicago, IL, June 8th and 9th (more details to come)

Host students at away competitions

Contact our President for more information

Donate

A gift of any size matters!