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OUR VISION:

TO CREATE AN UNCOMPROMISING COMPETITIVE PROGRAM THAT REFLECTS THE RICH DIVERSITY OF OUR COMMUNITY. WE KNOW INHERENTLY THAT WORKING AND PLAYING TOGETHER IS THE WAY TO MAKE CHANGE.

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Lake Phalen Community "Intro-to-Row" session, Summer 2020

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Mississippi River, Competition Preparation, Fall, 2020

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London Lightweight Men's 4x Gold Medalists,Summer, 2012

THE SPARK

THE PROCESS

THE POINT

OUTREACH

 

Power Ten aka Lake Phalen Community Rowing was founded in the belief that there is a shared joy in competitive sport in general and in rowing in particular.

Rowing has historically been a sport slow to embrace inclusivity, from the infamous exclusion of US Rower Jack Kelly from the 1920 Royal Henley Regatta (on the basis that he had worked as a manual laborer), to the belated 1976 introduction of the US Nationals women's competition (multiple European countries had introduced national women's competitions decades before), through to the first appearance of a male black athlete on the Olympic team in 2004.

 

The sport faces ongoing perceptions as inaccessible. Access to boats, a rowing location with calm water, transportation service, and recruitment are ongoing challenges.

Power Ten offers free community programs on Lake Phalen to change this.

 

In the summer of 2020, we offered community members, young and old, the opportunity to get onto the water in a boat and get the feel of oars in the water. Despite the challenges of Covid-19 safety restrictions, we operated a healthy, successful, active program, inviting any member of the public who visited Lake Phalen on our Saturday mornings to "come row a boat."

 

If you could swim, you could have a try.

We are proud of our entirely volunteer run program. The work wasn't easy! But sitting a teenager in a boat-- in some cases for the first time he or she had ever been on the water holding an oar in his or her hand--that is just one of the rewards that makes meeting these challenges of access worthwhile.

SUPPORT OUR WORK

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Boats on a trailer
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New Erg

Photo credit to Sarah Risser

Your $350 can supply a kid with a complete uniform set and with an additional 3 trous (special shorts).  So all they would need is a tee shirt to row daily.

A $550 contribution can fund the purchase of a new set of sculling oars.  

An ergometer or erg as we fondly refer to them in the rowing community is essential for winter training.  Rare is the rower to LOVES erging. But we do it because it makes us better, stronger, faster rowers by using over 80% of our muscles.  Each $1,000 donation will allow us to purchase an erg.

We are homeless! There is no Power Ten/Lake Phalen Community Rowing boathouse.  We've been "couch surfing" but in order to move from a friends back yard and grow the program we need to row on Lake Phalen.  Your $2,500 donation will fund a mid-size trailer that will allow us to grow exponentially.

Boat naming has a rich tradition in the rowing community. Your donation of $200-$1,000 will give the opportunity to contribute to our program and name one of our boats. Our first boat naming ceremony will be held the evening of Friday, July 24. You will be invited to participate in person or virtually.

Shells/sculls are on of the biggest barriers to making rowing accessible to all.  A decent used single costs at least $2,500.  Legendary Coach Miriam Baer said singles make you a better rower.  It's you alone - no one else to blame.  New singles and team boats can cost anywhere from $10,000-$40,000.  A donation from you or your company in the amount of $2,500-$40,000 would give more opportunity to more city kids and adults to get on the water. Get healthy, more fit, and relief stress.

Every dollar helps.  We have a great team and amazing volunteers.  Covid has limited our ability to fundraise through grants.  So any amount you are willing to contribute is appreciated.

We have amazing volunteers.  But this work takes a village.  If you have time or special talent/skills that can help us build and manage the program contact us. We would love to have you.

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Lake Phalen Community Rowing aka Power Ten is a 501c3 organization

Tel: 612-743-6358, info@powerten.org

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