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Cal Lightweight Rowing

Raised toward our $8,000 Goal
38 Donors
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Project ended on October 31, at 11:59 PM PDT
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Cal Lightweight Rowing

About The Team

Cal Lightweight Rowing is a team with more than 50 years of history, dedicated to growing and fostering athletes as well as competing on a national level. Since its founding, the team has now includes over 50 men and women who train six days a week, enduring early mornings and arduous workouts for a love of rowing and the camaraderie of crewmates. The team prides itself on inclusion; we will teach and train any student interested enough to commit to the team as a part of a larger mission to expand the sport of rowing and its benefits to the Berkeley community. 

To meet our goals of developing competitive athletes alongside fostering new ones, the team relies heavily on the generosity of family, friends, and alumni for the necessary resources. Money for purchasing oars and boats, renting a boathouse, and even providing financial aid to rowers comes directly from donations, and your contribution will go towards not only keeping us afloat, but ensuring we can win nationally. 

Last spring, our varsity men won their first regional championship in nearly 5 years and went on to compete on a national stage. This season, we hope to build on this success with an expanded roster of athletes, new equipment, and hiring additional coaching staff. The team is at its largest in decades and poised for a historic season, but we need the funds to make this a reality. Please consider donating to help support our team!

The Cal Lights at the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships!

What Your Money Goes Towards

As a rowing team, we operate on a similar scale and compete against fully funded school programs across the nation. Yet despite being self-funded, we still face similar costs: in the next season alone, we are projected to need over 75,000 dollars to remain competitive and build a nationally recognized program. 

A cost breakdown of our 2022-2023 season.

Thank you for your support, we would not be here without you!

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Our way
of Thanking You


Social Media Shoutout

For donations of $50 or more, you’ll receive a personalized shoutout on our Facebook page!

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Estimated Delivery: September 2022


Handwritten Thanks

For donations of $100 or more, you’ll receive a personalized thank you note — handwritten and signed by one of our members. This thanks includes a Social Media Shoutout as well!

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Estimated Delivery: December 2022


Signed Team Poster

For donations of $250 or more, you’ll receive a print of the team — signed by our officers and coaches. This thanks includes all perks named above as well!

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Estimated Delivery: December 2022


Name an Oar

For donations of $500 or more, you’ll get your name(s) forever showcased on one of our oars. We’ll contact you to confirm what you want printed to make sure we get everything right! This thanks includes all perks named above as well!

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Estimated Delivery: January 2023


Name a Racing Shell

For $5000 you'll get to name our newest racing shell: a refurbished Resolute Racing men's midweight four! This is a shell that our top athletes will be training and racing in at regional and national championships. You'll receive all the above perks in addition to an invitation to see this boat race in-person at our regional championship in Sacramento. This shell will race for decades to come and seat hundreds of athletes, so your contribution will have a lasting mark on the team.

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Estimated Delivery: April 2023
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