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G-Row Boston Marathon Team 2012

A team for Community Rowing Inc

  • $42,275
  • 477
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This campaign already ended. We hope you like the results!

$42,275 raised of $60,000
($33,112 online, $9,162 offline)

"G-Row Boston Marathon Team 2012" is a team of 15 runners working hard to help raise money for Community Rowing's "G-Row Boston" Program.

Team Members

name dollars donors


Alicia Golden

Alicia's GRow Fundraising

$4,058 26


Anita Mohan

anita's marathon run for rowing

$4,195 21


Erica Soma

G-Row Boston Marathon Charity Team 2012

$2,681 29


Jenn George

G-Row Boston Marathon Charity Team 2012

$3,350 43


Kaitlin Herlihy

Boston Marathon 2012- G-ROW Boston Team!!

$4,575 69


Karen Whitbeck

G-Row Boston Marathon Charity Team 2012

$3,561 44


Maegan Luce

G-ROW Boston Marathon Charity Team 2012

$3,684 67


Mary Cullen

Boston Marathon 2012: MK's G-Row Team

$4,105 87


Rich Feilteau

G-Row Boston Marathon Charity Team 2012

$4,631 34


Sandra Matsumoto

G-ROW Boston Marathon Charity Team 2012

$5,080 51


Shana Pressman

G-Row Marathon Team 2012

$2,355 9

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G-Row (Girls-Row) Boston is a program run by Community Rowing, Inc. located in Boston, MA on the Charles River.

The mission of G-ROW BOSTON is to bring the physical, psychological and social rewards of rowing to girls who may not otherwise have access to the sport. By providing sensitive coaching and supporting relevant social and academic activities, G-ROW provides a safe space for adolescent girls to develop strong self-image, form healthy relationships, and build the interest, skills and dispositions necessary to make positive life choices. G-ROW believes that an all-girl environment encourages freedom and self-expression, and that positive relationships are essential to girls’ healthy development.

The program currently has three tracks: Intensive, Recreational, and Summer Camps. The intensive program meets four to five times per week throughout the entire school year. Fall and spring are spent training on the Charles River and competing throughout New England. Winter is spent indoors -- building fitness, focusing on homework and college preparation, and learning to swim. Our recreational track (currently at the Timilty Middle School), meets two times per week for six to eight weeks each spring. Finally, our summer camps are offered free to girls ages 12-18 who live in Boston. These three one-week camps are a great introduction to the sport and help to plant the seeds for our intensive program.

To give our girls the best shot at academic success, G-ROW provides one-on-one and group tutoring at practice one to two days per week, and also tracks the girls’ grades to monitor their academic progress over time. We also have a strong college focus and partner with a local non-profit to match our girls with highly trained college counselors. Our winter practices and most regattas take place on college campuses. This “demystifies” college, and makes it seem real and achievable for our girls. Since the program’s inception , almost every G-ROW graduate has gone on to a four-year college.

In the fall of 1998, Community Rowing launched G-ROW BOSTON, the first rowing program in the country designed specifically for urban girls. Today G-ROW serves 200 girls ages 12-18 enrolled in the Boston public schools. G-ROW teams – and the program’s core philosophy – are centered on inclusion, relationship-building, academic success and support. The programmatic goals for G-ROW are:

I.)Increased Physical and Mental Strength – Rowing promotes fitness and teamwork, and G-ROW provides access to a healthy, outdoor activity that otherwise would not be available to girls living in the underserved communities of the inner-city. Girls are taught Intro. to Rowing, and recreational and competitive rowing. Before the girls can get out on the river all participants are taught to swim and required to pass a swim test before being allowed on the water. The program also includes intensive indoor training two days per week in the winter. On the third day girls go to the Healthworks Fitness Center where they lift weights, use cardio machines, and take classes such as boxing, circuit training and yoga. Through their free memberships, the girls have access to this equipment and programming any day the center is open. Scheduled into the curriculum is annual guest visit by a nutritionist who speaks to the girls about making healthy food choices.

The anticipated outcomes for the physical and mental strength in the program G-ROW participants are:

  • Girls overall fitness improves including stamina, and cardiovascular health;
  • Girls learn to enjoy working hard. Pushing themselves physically in no longer hard;
  • Girls learn that they feel good after working out;
  • Girls adopt a lifestyle where they want to be physically active and are proud of their strength;
  • Girls adopt healthy eating habits, appreciate their bodies and learn how to maintain a healthy diet
  • Girls develop knowledge about training, rowing and race preparation;
  • Girls share their new knowledge and enthusiasm about nutrition and exercise with their parents.

II.) A Sense of Belonging – G-ROW girls build deeply caring relationships with peers and adults. Girls form a unique emotional bond in rowing by trusting the adults to take them successful through learning new skills in what is for some an initially scary activity, being out on the water for the first time. It is the intention of each staff person to develop this basic trust first, and evolve to an awareness of the whole picture, including what situations at home or at school may be presenting challenges. Our staff communicate with guidance counselors on a regular basis, keep informed of grades and other schoolwork, and are often the main confidant for a girl who is in need of additional support in her personal/home life. In addition G-ROW consistently offers team building activities and outings such as self defense classes and picnics. Since a boat of eight is not able to go out on the river unless all eight girls show up to practice each girls develops the understanding ‘their presence matters”.

The anticipated outcomes for a sense of belonging in the G-ROW program are:

  • Girls feel like they belong and are part of a team that cares about them;
  • Girls are comfortable expressing themselves and know their opinions matter;
  • Girls learn transferable skills-spending time after practice to think about what they have learned and how it transfers to life outside of practice;
  • Girls develop the confidence to take on new challenges and try something new;
  • Girls take pride in their rowing and feel ‘special’ among their peers;
  • Girls develop lasting relationships to support them through current and future challenges;
  • Girls develop skills of self reflection and a sense of themselves in relation to others
  • Girls learn to work with others and resolve conflict peacefully and with maturity.

III) Exposure to College – G-ROW’s emphasis on college preparation creates an awareness of options and confidence to take on future challenges. To give girls the best shot at academic success, G-ROW provides one-on-one and group tutoring at practice one to two days per week, and also tracks the girls’ grades to monitor their academic progress over time Since winter practices and most regattas take place on college campuses college is “demystified”, and makes it seem real and achievable for our girls. For the past seven years, almost every G-ROW graduate has gone on to a four-year college.

Having college and academic support has helped the program increase its retention rate. In G-ROW’s beginning years the program enrolled only a few seniors. However, G-ROW has seen an increase in the number of seniors participating in the program. To further support seniors G-ROW partners with The Bottom Line, a non-profit group that provides one on one college advising to juniors and seniors. G-ROW members are required to set up an initial meeting and enroll with a Bottom Line in the spring of their junior year. Coaches are kept up to date of the progress of the students involvement with the Bottom Line. Younger participants have group workshops with Bottom Line staff, such as mock admission process, in preparation with their Bottom Line advisor.

G-ROW also offers tours of college campuses. Such tours have included: Mount Holyoke, UMASS Amherst, Northeastern Univesity, Simmons College, University of Atlanta, which G-ROW visited when the team was in Georgia for their winter training session this past February) and Smith College. As stated at the beginning of this grant, the G-ROW girls during their winter training while in California visited three colleges ie: San Diego State University, University of San Diego and USC. Through our relationship with Boston College Women’s Crew G-ROW has a strong link to tutors and mentors who are student athletes. It is this partnership that deepens the girls exposure to college as the actually get to know and develop positive relationships with college students who become their mentors as well as tutors. Girls feel comfortable asking the college students questions about the rigors of academic and social life on a college campus.

The anticipated outcomes for college exposure in the G-ROW program are:

· Girls increase awareness of college options;

· Girls learn the importance of completing homework on time and doing well in school;

· Girls learn time management and good study habits;

· Girls grades improve;

· Girls graduate from high school;

· Girls go to college.

Team Captain

Leigh Terry Leigh Terry