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!
Kenneth Glenn ’71
President – The Beach Crew Alumni Association