Our nationally recognized co-ed club is nearly 70 students strong and growing. During the 2015 season, our boats took home Gold and Silver medals at the NSRA national championship, placed fifth in another national regatta, and won Bronze at the world-renowned Stotesbury Cup Regatta! For two years running, we've competed against rowers from around the world in the prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta, and have collected numerous medals in rowing competitions throughout the metro DC area. We're proud that many of our graduates have gone on to earn scholarships and to row for schools throughout the country, including Stanford, Drexel, Cornell, and the University of Washington. It's been shown that rowers are more likely to continue their sport in college than those on any other sports teams. Crew is a great sport, teaching many important broader skills that rowers take with them off the water and into other areas of their lives. Rowing also demands a unique kind of teamwork if the team is to be successful. Crew families devote large amounts of time to the sport, and athletes' families also pay substantial fees to fund the club. We do, however, depend upon fundraising and donations from the larger community to keep rowing affordable for families. It's very expensive to outfit a team—even second-hand racing shells can cost upwards of $20,000! As an independent non-profit organization, WJ Crew receives no direct funding from the county or the school system, but competes very successfully against much better-financed rowing teams. We hope that one day finances will not be a barrier to any student's participation.
Ways to Support WJ CrewHow can you help support the dedicated student-athletes on the Walter Johnson Crew team? There are lots of options:
Get On BoardDuring its annual fundraising campaign, WJ Crew recognizes corporate and individual donors at various levels. Make a donation, and depending on the level you choose, we'll display your name on the website, on our tee-shirts, or on banners at regattas! (You can, of course, remain anonymous if you wish.) You can also choose your own donation amount—all gifts are welcome, whatever the amount, at any time of year. We've made it easy to donate online. (Of course, donations are also accepted by mail.)
Support our Fundraisers
Walter Johnson Crew also holds several fundraising projects and events each year, which provide much-needed support for the team. Other fundraising projects include our annual spring plant sale, car washes, and other seasonal events. See the fundraisers page for more information and watch our online calendar for upcoming fundraising events.
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