March 12, 2014
MADISON, Wis. -- 625 miles.
That’s how many miles UW student-athletes rowed on Sunday, March 2nd to raise money and awareness for the American Family Children’s Hospital. Led by the rowing teams, student-athletes used rowing machines called ergometers to achieve the jaw-dropping 1 million total meters at the second annual “Ergathon” called Crew for Kids.
“Student-athletes have great opportunities to contribute to the community,” said women’s rower Monica Whitehouse. “We are just happy we could incorporate our sport while helping out at the same time.”
Last year, Crew for Kids was able to raise $2,500 for the American Family Children’s Hospital, and this year, the Badger rowing teams set a goal of raising $3,000. So far, the event has brought in $2,915 in donations.
“We raised about $500 more than last year’s event,” Mackenzie Whitehouse of women’s lightweight rowing said, “and we are really proud to have done this.”
The student-athletes are still set on reaching their original goal of raising $3,000 and are asking for fan support to do so. Fans can help Badger rowing and the American Family Children’s Hospital reach their goal by donating online at www.uwhealthkids.org/crewforkids.