*Editors Note: The following story has been corrected to show the organization is still in the process of raising funds to build a boathouse.
WABASH VALLEY, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Thanks to a friendly local challenge, the Wabash Valley Crew is on its way to raising enough funds to build a boathouse at Fairbanks Park for the rowing crew and other residents in the area to use.
After holding its second annual Rowing Challenge at the Vigo County YMCA on Feb. 25th, the event raised money to move forward with building the boathouse, but still has a way to go. The event started off with a 500-meter race among local celebrities featuring WTWO’s Mike Tank.
Allowing the Wabash Valley Crew room to grow, the boathouse will hold regattas and other events to bring in tourist funding as well as give those in the community interested in river-based activities like kayaking a place to participate.
During the event, the WVC recognized Sarah Scott Middle School as the first school in the state to host the George Pocock Rowing Foundation’s Erg Ed program. The unique indoor rowing program uses rowing machines to allow students to get familiar with the sport. Nathan Gilbert, Sarah Scott’s physical education teacher accepted the award on behalf of the Scotties.
“Our second annual celebrity and corporate rowing challenge was a huge success and demonstrated a growing community interest in the sport. We cannot thank our board, volunteers, sponsors, celebrities, and corporate participants enough for their excitement and involvement this year, and we are already looking forward to our third event next year. On behalf of the Wabash Valley Crew, I also want to thank the Wabash Valley Community Foundation for selecting us as a matching grant recipient. Their support, vision, and belief in our organization, and how we can significantly contribute to the health and wellness of our region is greatly appreciated and unparalleled,” WVC Vice President and Head Coach Jack Hill said about the event.
To celebrate its 30th anniversary, the Wabash Valley Community Foundation has also established a challenge grant that will match every dollar donated up to $150,000 through December 31. Any individual, organization, or business is welcome to donate. Those interested in donating or learning more can visit the Wabash Valley Crew website.