2211 Lakeside Dr SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Ergathon 2016 was a huge success for the team: 30+families came out to either help set up, run the event or clean up in addition to 50+ rowers that came out to row with enthusiasm & great team spirit already! Great music, food & friends new & old gathered to cheer on rowers. Over a dozen people expressed interest in the Adult Learn To Row Program as a result of Guest Ergs so E-A-T also attracted new interest in the program. Huge thank you to our MC Captain Kurt and our coaches as well that never left the scene despite chilly hours of comeraderie and support! Rowers now have until Friday March 25th at 3 pm to turn in their collected donations to the blue EGRCrew basket in the office at EGRHS. Checks should indicate the rower that you wish to be credited. Convenient online donations may be made at www.egrcrew.org via Paypal, Credit or bank card.
Get those donations in this week and let us if you have any questions!
8-1 pm Gaslight Village (between Jose Bubuska’s and the Pool entrance to EGRHS! Join 55 rowers from EGR Crew Team & the community for a festive Saturday morning and learn about the sport of rowing and how to “erg” with the best of them! We’ll have a boat, a tent, food, music & a lot of fun so come out and join us!
Students are raising a minimum of $100 each and many are going way beyond that to qualify for the Top 10 Fundraiser prizes! We are excited about the arrival of the HUMAN SLINGSHOT! our Grand Prize for the rower that raise the most funds for EGR Crew at Ergathon this weekend! In addition to this hilariously fun game, we have nearly $1,000 in gift cards donated for the rowers that land in spots #2-#10! So call Aunt Edna! Canvass that neighborhood! Facebook your Family! Every dollar counts as we raise funds for a new boat for this program. This is a team and program worth supporting so get involved and pitch in!
Gaslight Village is the Place To Be on Saturday March 19th! Not only is it our Not-To-Be-Missed Ergathon; the Spectrum Health Irish Jig which brings thousands to the area, but also EGRWater Polo has the state’s first Early Bird water polo tournament of the year so EGR will be hoppin with busses, athletes, pedestrians, visitors from near and far. Think ahead: ride bikes, walk or prepare to park creatively and wherever you can to get down to Gaslight! We’ll have an erg saved for you and look forward to seeing you.
5 Days until Erg-A-Thon!
Good luck to Augustin, Eleanor, Gabi, Georgia, John, Macy, Parker, Rachel & Ryan !
These 9 athletes will be attempting to row a half marathon, or 13.1 miles on Saturday March 9th in Gaslight Village. between 10-12:30 pm. Support them & pledge $1 a mile, $3, $5 or $10 per mile to these athletes as they row to raise funds for a new boat for their team! Rowers are reaching out to the community this month to raise awareness not only about their team, but for Spectrum’s Irish Jig 5K Mission as well: research for a cure for colorectal cancer, the #2 killer of men and women in the U.S.
This event will occur rain, snow or shine. A half marathon is not easy running or rowing. This will be a significant challenge and requires weeks of training leading up to it. Rowers will hydrate and receive food every 20-30 minutes as needed and will be cheered on and supported by our coaches and teammates, who will also be rowing in 30 minute segments alongside from 8-1 p.m on the 19th! Row EAST!
Just OOOOH We received a sample shipment of Zingerman’s “CrewBrew” today (coffee roasted especially for our team and community!) After opening the crate, I would argue that the smell of freshly roasted Zingerman’s coffee beans is probably the best smell on Earth. Highly recommend ordering some today on EGRCrew.com or here at this link: https://form.jotform.com/thepianocottage/crew-brew-contact. Orders placed weekly on Sundays!
WHAT YOU GET: Awesome Zingerman’s fresh roasted whole coffee beans in a smooth medium blend (Brazilian Peaberry 10%; Guatemalan 40%; Indian Natural 10%; Papua New Guinea 40%.) This is Zingerman’s top daily brew and is loved by folks all over the country.
HOW TO GET YOUR BREW: Place your one time or weekly order by 3 p.m. on Sunday each week and Zingerman’s will freshly roast our beans and deliver to us for Thursday pick up. Pay via credit card or PayPal at the link below. No shipping, handling or tax. You will receive an email saying “Coffee’s In & Ready for Pick Up!” at the EGRHS on Thursdays.
PLACE YOUR ORDER HERE: Crew Brew
Crew was such an excellent way to compete athletically. It is an amazingly tight-knit and supportive community, not just amongst the East team, but all rowing teams that I have met share immense respect and pride in their own team as well as their competitors; that is really quite honorable.
As far as teamwork goes, in no other sport do teammates depend on each other as much as with crew. Granted, it was a struggle to get the whole novice eight to work together when I first joined the team :P. But, I found that as time went on, there were great levels of improvement. I first experienced a sturdy, well-rowed boat the summer before senior year, and it was such an amazing feeling: the whole boat worked together perfectly, and we found what is known as our “swing”. Everybody moved in sync with one another, and it was a thing of beauty.
My favorite memories, besides all of the fun team-bonding, were when our boat would be fighting another boat, we’d be neck and neck, and then our coxswain would call out the “power ten!”, and we’d all surge through the temporary pain, and pull ahead; it’s such an immense feeling of victory and you get such a rush from passing other boats – that I wish I had joined Crew sooner than my sophomore year :)
by Turner Sytsema, Class of 2015
East Grand Rapids Crew Alumni