California State University, Long Beach

Happy Holidays from the BCA Board of Directors

Wednesday, 24. December 2014

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Dear Beach Crew Alumni and Friends of Long Beach State Rowing:

As the 2014 years draws to a close I wanted to write to let you know that the rowing program at Long Beach State is now on the threshold of returning to the quality and success of earlier days. This is in no small part thanks to your contributions, interest and participation in your Beach Crew Alumni Association. With your support we have enjoyed a number of significant accomplishments this year, and we expect next year to be even better!

Thanks to the efforts of several members of the BCA Board, we were able to obtain from the University priority registration for our athletes. Needless to say, this has become a key to successful recruiting for a new generation of rowers now coming into the team.

Our recent fund raising event allowed us to raise sufficient funds to purchase a high quality used eight for the women’s team, and to transfer another quality eight from the women’s team to the men’s team. Moreover, your generosity exceeded the $12,000 required for the boat purchase, allowing additional funds to help the team bring other racing shells up to top competitive condition. We have also been able to allocate funds for scholarships, the BCA Newsletter, and a team strength and conditioning program guided by the CSULB Kinesiology Department. The team also gained access to the Bickerstaff Athlete Advising Center to enhance their academic needs.

Over the summer, our members completed a 5-year, $50,000 project to upgrade the chase boat fleet for the coaching staff. It proved to be a desperately needed aspect for our team that has not only improved their daily operations, but has substantially improved our image around the Alamitos Bay community.

Just last month the BCA sponsored a new major racing event, The Naples Island Collegiate Rowing Challenge (“NICRC”), held November 1 and 2. Using a “head” race format of 4200 meters around Naples Island and to the end of Marine Stadium, this event was a major success! Nine colleges from as far away as Arizona State University entered men’s and women’s varsity and novice eights and fours for a great two days of racing. Teams from the northwest have expressed interest and will be attending next year. Special thanks to all of the alumni who served on the organizing committee. Many thanks to the Long Beach Rowing Association and the City of Long Beach for their help and support in establishing this event, as well as to the many sponsors who contributed to make this initial regatta so successful. In coming years this regatta will become the highlight of the fall race season for most of the west coast crew teams.

With community support for LBSU Rowing on the upswing, how long has it been since you have been to a LBSU Rowing event? Look for the BCA Newsletter in January for the team’s racing schedule and save some dates to come out to cheer for your team! And while you are at the races look for the BCA Alumni group to personally reconnect with your crewmates and friends from your days in the boats.

If you have not updated your membership for this coming year, please consider that there is still time for a tax deductible donation to the BCA. Your support is making a huge difference in building a quality rowing program at LBSU! You can still send your $25 membership fee and any other contribution via http://beachcrew.org/alumni/donate

Best wishes for the Holidays and Into the New Year!

 

Give Now

Go Beach!

Kenneth Glenn ’71
President
Brandin Grams ’10
Director of Outreach

 

BCA Announces Campaign for “Olympiad” 8+

Saturday, 13. September 2014

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By: Ken Glenn

This year the BCA in undertaking its most ambitious fundraising effort ever and we need your help! I will let our Women’s Team Coach Ian Simpson explain.

The men’s and women’s rowing teams of CSULB need your help to raise $12,000 which will provide each team with a new boat.

The men’s team needs a boat for its lightweight rowers to train and race in. The women’s team is proposing to give the men their Vespoli eight, the Gold Member. The Gold Member is too large for the women and has sat unused on its rack for the past two years, but is in excellent condition and is the perfect boat for lightweight and novice men.

The women’s team has a unique opportunity to replace the Gold Member with the Olympiad, a fully factory-refurbished Resolute eight. The Olympiad, currently owned by the USC women’s team, was the boat in which the University of California, Berkeley women won two NCAA national titles. Fun fact: first-year CSULB assistant/novice coach Megan Smith (“Coach Smitty”) rowed in the Olympiad when she was at Cal.

Your tax-deductible donation will keep the Gold Member in the boathouse. Your donation will provide the men with a top-class boat which they will be able to use immediately. But that’s not all! Your donation will also enable us to buy the Olympiad from USC which will be a perfect fit for the varsity women.

If we sell the Gold Member to another team the men will miss out on this unique opportunity – it may be several years before we’ll be in a position to buy the men a comparable boat. Sure, $12,000 is a lot of money, until you consider that our rival Orange Coast College recently took delivery of a $55,000 German-made Empacher eight. Even a new Vespoli similar to the Gold Member will cost nearly $45,000 to be shipped from Connecticut. With your assistance, for only $12,000, our club will get the benefit of not just one, but two eights which will have an immediate impact on both teams.

Please pledge whatever you can. We have already received a couple of commitments of $500 each, but no amount is too small, every dollar counts. See if your employer has a gift-matching program that you can take advantage of to potentially double your donation.

We will memorialize large donations ($1,500 and above) by naming a seat in either the Olympiad or the Gold Member in your honor. In exchange for an exceptionally generous donation we will conduct a ceremony to rename the Gold Member in your honor. If we raise more than $12,000, the excess will be used primarily for refurbishments to the Gold Member and the Olympiad.
Please make your donation using cashnet, the CSULB administered secure site. Go to “Crew Donation,” input your donation amount and specify “New Boat” in the Comments box: http://beachcrew.org/donate

– Coach Ian Simpson

Beach crew is looking forward to a great season. Your continued support is making a difference!

Go Beach!

Kenneth Glenn ’71
President – The Beach Crew Alumni Association

LBSU Athletics Announces Revised Branding, Beach Crew Follows

Friday, 12. September 2014

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The sport of rowing at Long Beach State has the dis&nc&on of being among the oldest, continuous, teams on campus since its founding in 1949. We are fortunate of having a modern boathouse less than a mile from campus. With a renewed interest in our efforts on campus, having reconnected with our founders and alumni, we wanted to update you on some important changes to Beach Crew effective Fall 2014.

On July 15, 2014, Long Beach State Athletics unveiled a refreshed visual identity that includes a word mark, a new font, refreshed logos, and other improvements that will serve a variety of goals: ensuring continuity regarding program names and marks, increasing pride and support among fans and the Long Beach community, and helping to celebrate the successes of LBSU’s athletic programs.

“The refreshed visual identity will provide an increased focus on the athletic programs of the only four-year university in the city of Long Beach, as well as a concentration on the moniker, “The Beach.” The team nickname for all sports except baseball will remain the 49ers, as it has been since the university’s founding in 1949. The first step in this process is the introduction of refreshed logos, which will immediately look familiar to Long Beach State supporters.”

While Beach Crew has operated through the Department of Club Sports & Recreation for a number of years, there are four highly competitive teams in our department that will also follow this movement. In preparation of this change, the team has filed for an official name change with CSULB Student Life and Development to be recognized as “Long Beach State Rowing”. The term “rowing” rather than “crew” has been identified to have better impact for prospective athletes and general awareness in the community.

While you may see many changes on campus, at the Walter Pyramid, and Blair Field, not much will be changing at our boathouse. “Beach Crew’s” traditional identity will live on to maintain our long heritage since its founding in the late 1950’s.

We invite you to look at the new logos, word mark and branding updates that will highlight the look of LBSU Athletics from 2014-15 onward.