Stonington Crew Team Raises Money– and Spirits!

Story by Maura Nowak, Staff Writer

Amid these tumultuous and uncertain times, the Stonington Crew team has stayed strong. On March 13th, the Stonington Crew team held a “Million-Meter Row-a-thon” to raise money for the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center.

Any hope for a crew spring season was lost after the CPSRA (Connecticut Public Schools Rowing Association) and NEIRA (New England Interscholastic Rowing Association) Championships were cancelled due to the global pandemic of COVID-19. However, the Stonington Crew team did not let that bring them down. Instead, they got right back to work and decided to do something to both motivate the team and give back to the community.

For the “Million-Meter Row-a-thon,” the team got support from all over Stonington–from the rowers themselves to coaches, parents, and alumni–who all did their part at home to row a total of 1,288,216 meters in one day, surpassing their goal of one million meters. Those who participated made pledges for each number of meters that they rowed, and the total pledges came in at $7,445 that will be donated to the PNC.

Despite the unfortunate circumstances, the Stonington Crew team has still found a way to do good and raise spirits. The team is staying connected, and hopes that they will eventually make in out on the water when the situation is safe enough to allow it.

Money can still be donated to the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center through the Stonington Crew website! It’s important, now more than ever, to give what you can to help out.