Facility Fundraising Campaign
|ROWING AT MINNESOTA - A TRADITION OF PRIDE AND EXCELLENCE|
Women's Rowing at the University began as a club sport in 1973. The program soon established a reputation for excellence, winning the lightweight-eight national championship in only its second year. In 2000, women's rowing at the University became an official varsity sport.
The men's crew team at the University of Minnesota was founded in 1957. Since 1990, the program has enjoyed four national, 18 regional and eight Big Ten titles in club competition.
The women's varsity team serves approximately 80 student-athletes, and the men's club team includes approximately 60 members for a total of 140 participants.
A NATIONAL LEADER IN SPORTS FACILITIES
The University of Minnesota is home to some of the finest athletic facilities in the country. Sports including soccer, hockey, softball, tennis and swimming enjoy state-of-the-art homes that distinguish Minnesota as a national leader.
Now, Minnesota is poised to extend that leadership to the sport of rowing. The need for a new facility was immediately recognized when rowing became a varsity sport in 2000, and, soon after, the University secured bonding to begin acquiring necessary financial resources. Now, the University is moving towards the completion of this important initiative which reflects the importance of rowing among Minnesota's Intercollegiate Athletics and club sports programs.
A NEW HOME FOR ROWING
Blueprint of Facility
Both the men's and women's rowing programs train on the spectacular Mississippi River. It is an ideal resource. Not only does the Mississippi flow directly through the Minneapolis campus (Minnesota is one of only a handful of Division I teams with rowing on campus) - its current keeps the water ice-free for longer periods to increase the time available for on-the-water training.
However, both the men's and women's programs currently utilize facilities that are far below the standards of a Division I rowing program. The women utlilize a tent alongside the river as their home, and the men use a storage shed. These facilities lack the safe, warm space necessary for team activities and have no restrooms or showers. In addition, neither space offers adequate protection and storage for equipment worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.
In contrast, most established rowing programs benefit greatly from a permanent boathouse - one that provides warmth, safety and easy access to equipment as well as a critical winter training facility. Such a facility is now close to reality for the rowing programs at the University of Minnesota.
A SEPARATE UNIVERSITY FACILITY AT THE RIVERFLATS LOCATION IS THE BEST SOLUTION
- Partnering with the two existing rowing facilities in the Twin Cities was thoroughly explored and determined not to be feasible
- The Riverflats location is vastly superior to the current heating plant location
- The Riverflats location provides a wonderful opportunity for the University to partner with the Park Board in programmatic efforts
A VIBRANT ROWING PROGRAM BENEFITS: THE ENTIRE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA
Strengthening the rowing program through a new, permanent facility is a direct reflection of several key University goals:
- A commitment to Title IX compliance in every area of the University experience
- A commitment to bring back the Mississippi River as a major focal point for University life
- A commitment to provide our student-athletes with opportunities to excel in diverse fields
A gift of cash or stock can be transferred directly to the U of M Foundation and designated for the Rowing Facility Campaign Fund. Cash gifts may be made through the multi-year pledges, and securities gifts frequently allow tax savings for the contributor. Appreciated stock or mutual funds offer additional tax benefits.
RECOGNIZING YOUR GENEROSITY
Your gift will be recognized by Intercollegiate Athletics and, depending on your giving levels, as part of the University of Minnesota Presidents Club. The Presidents Club, a University-wide recognition program for the U's top donors, honors future gifts as well as outright gifts and pledges of $25,000 or more. Presidents Club membership is a high University honor, and it also provides you the opportunity to meet and interact with other supporters of our great institution. BE A PART OF UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA ROWING HISTORY
Through your generosity, the Minnesota Rowing Facility can be a reality for the many dedicated student-athletes who will benefit from this crucial facility. You'll also help create a valuable campus-wide and community-wide resource that will serve future generations for many years to come. Join us as we "pull together" on this landmark effort!
HOW TO CONTRIBUTE
To make a donation, please contact Vivian Langley in the Golden Gopher Fund Office. She can be reached at 612-626-5466 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.