Washington Rowing and Windermere Real Estate share a commitment to giving back to our community. For the last 32 years we have partnered to bring world-class crew races to the Montlake Cut on Opening Day. But one of our favorite parts of Windermere Cup has nothing to do with the race itself.
For the past 20 years, the day before the big event, Washington Rowing and Windermere Real Estate invite elementary school children to spend a day with rowers from the UW and visiting international teams for our annual Windermere Cup “Kids Crew” event.
Children from schools in underprivileged communities are given the unique opportunity to experience the UW campus and learn about rowing, fitness and nutrition. A day like this allows these kids’ dreams to grow; dreams they can one day achieve. It also gives them the unique opportunity to see firsthand the benefits of attending a four-year university and participating in school sports. Whether it’s rowing at UW, becoming a doctor, or just attending college, days like this remind these kids that it’s all possible.
This year, approximately 40 fourth graders from Sanislo Elementary School in Seattle’s South Delridge neighborhood took part in the event held at Conibear Shellhouse. Since its inception, we estimate that approximately 1,000 kids have participated in the “Kids Crew” event.
Washington Rowing extends a very special thank you to Windermere Real Estate for sponsoring and producing Windermere Cup, one of the world’s biggest rowing regattas of the year and an exciting spring event for the Seattle community.