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Beyond the Boat: Our Values in Action

At Washington, we are committed to developing extraordinary young adults – on and off the water. In the fall, we introduced the “Beyond the Boat” life skills program. The program is centered on the concepts of personal accountability to teammates, valuing the University (and the academic and cultural opportunities that abound here) and contributing to the Seattle community in which we live.

Since the program launched, we have had 15 speakers on topics ranging from CPR training to workplace culture to healthy relationships, nutrition and responsible alcohol consumption. We also conducted workshops on the core values and history of the program so everyone understands the legacy they are helping to uphold as a Washington rower.

A highlight of fall quarter was a service project helping to improve our community at the Tiny Trees Preschool clean up. In addition to the speakers’ series, we plan to do a full-team service project per quarter and other group activities so our student-athletes can put what they learn into action.

“Beyond the Boat is awesome!” said freshman” before Nick Everett, ’21. “It’s really brought our teams together and helped us focus on living the values of the program as well as our own person values.”

“It’s really amazing that the UW is investing in a program like this that we will benefit from not only while we are here but for the rest of our lives,” continued Tea Federspiel, ’21. “It’s a really unique opportunity that I am very grateful for.”