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Vol. 1 Ed. 5
 

Hello Connor!

New year, important updates from the GW Men's Rowing Teams and the Friends of GW Men's Rowing Organization. Please read through so you're in the know about the goings on with the team and how to support!

Message from Matt Russell, President of FOGWMR

I am writing to congratulate you all on a great start to the 21-22 campaign, both for the boys this year and our start as a tax-free organization supporting them.  I am honored to be able to serve as the inaugural president for our Friends of GW Men’s Rowing group.  A little about myself for those who don’t know me.  I have been involved with our sport since 1985, rowing for my high school in NJ and then here at GW as a Colonial from 1990-1994.  I have had the distinction to serve as team Captain as well as the freshman coach from 1996-1999.  Through my years at GW I have seen us raise money to buy racing shells and send athletes on training and racing trips, and serve as the all-volunteer staff of the GW Invitational, but the levels of support we have received in the past year have been inspiring.  I can tell you from my conversations with the team and the coaches it means the world to them, so if you haven’t had a chance to engage yet, now is the TIME!.   


While I know Coach Goodman will have much to say about our upcoming spring racing season, I would like to emphasize a few critical points:

  1. Now that the Friends group has our 501(c)(3) designation, very soon we can accept donations directly to support the team, and they need our monetary support now more than ever.
    • As you have read, our fund-raising results thus far have been fantastic, with over 100K in so far this year!   This puts us well within our fundraising goal of 150k for the 21-22 academic year.
    • We have had great engagement from across the spectrum of Friends of GW Men’s Rowing, Parents, Current Oarsmen, other friends, and Alumni, but we need to focus on the alumni for this last push.  I know we have it in us to come together now as we have in the past to move us across the finish line!
  2. Come down and see the team in action. Having the alumni be an involved and an active cheer section is inspiring for the guys who are fighting the feeling the University has left them by the wayside. We can stamp that feeling out of their minds with a strong showing at the GW invitational 4/8-4/9 2022!  
    • There will be many ways to get involved and show your support.
    • On the water and Regatta operations volunteer positions and well as covering the riverbank in a sea of Buff and Blue support for them.  We will need help from a lot of Alumni!  If you are interested in helping, please contact me at mrussell567@gmail.com  More information to follow on that soon.

I have the privilege of meeting the guys on regular basis and they are absolutely inspiring in the way they have risen to the challenges of the last year.  They have gathered great support from the current student community and continue to be positive in their outlook and ferocious in their training.  I am incredibly proud of them, and I know we can make them and each other proud of GW Men’s Crew by staying engaged and rising to these challenges with the current oarsmen. 

Matt Russell β€˜94

Fall 2021 Report

GW Men’s Rowing finished its first semester in great form. The club is superbly organized, the parents are coming through with amazing support, the alumni / friends organization is close to full operational status as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, and the number of fund-raising gifts is at an all-time high. In addition, momentum is gaining to have the team reinstated as a varsity sport. On top of all that, the boys are performing very well on the water and are now deep into winter training. To wrap up 2021, check out the results below

See The Team's Results

GW Men's Rowing Status

As 2021 wound down, the team received some wonderful support from campus. The GW Student Association (SA) has unanimously passed a Resolution calling on the University to reinstate the club program to a Varsity program again.

This Resolution came about with the work of Paddy George and Aidan Rowland, as well as collaboration from Senators within the SA who see value in our cause and desire GWMR to be reinstated as a Varsity program. As representatives of the entire student body of the university, this is quite a large development.

Read The Resolution

Friends of GW Men's Rowing Status

The IRS has confirmed the Friends of GW Men’s Rowing Inc. (FOGWMR) as a Non-Profit 501(c)(3) Charitable Organization. The DC Department of Regulatory and Consumer Affairs has issued a certificate that FOGWMR has complied with all applicable provisions of the DC Business Organizations Code. FOGWMR is now in the process of establishing a method for receiving funds electronically. The purpose of the FOGWMR, according to its Amended and Restated Articles of Incorporation is β€œusing its resources to support, aid and assist the George Washington University Men’s Rowing program. This may also include broader activities to develop, promote and support members and alumni of the George Washington University Men’s Rowing program in furthering their rowing activities.”

Thank you to Al Nadel’71 for the many hours of his time and talents in getting FOGWMR to this stage.

2022

From Head Coach Nate Goodman

Dear Alumni, Parents, and Friends of GW Rowing,

The team returned to campus and to full team practice on February 1st when school mandated COVID restrictions were slated to ease. Over the winter break the athletes worked with a focus on core strength and flexibility, which will allow us to train to our full potential as we prepare for the spring season.

The season is close, and we are almost ready to publish a final schedule. For now, I will share a sneak peek, although we are still negotiating final details:

April 8th-9th: George Washington Invitational Washington, DC (Watch your inbox for full information on the Invite!)

April 16th or 23rd: A10 Invitational (date and location to be finalized)

May 1st: Stevenson Cup against Navy, Columbia Mercer Lake, NJ

May 13th-14th: Dad Vail Regatta Philadelphia, PA)

May 20th-22nd: ACRA Regatta Oak Ridge, TN

I want to thank all of you for your continued support of George Washington Men’s Rowing. The work the athletes have already completed, and the racing they are about to undertake, would not be possible without your contributions in money, time, and spirit. The whole team, especially the coaching staff, are thankful for the buff and blue pride that we’ve seen. We strive this winter to write another proud chapter in the history of GW rowing.

Per Aspera Ad Astra,

Nate Goodman, Head Coach, George Washington University Men’s Rowing

Seniors and their Future

Luke Ames
Business Development or Sales

luke_ames99@gwu.edu

Oliver Broadrick
GW Master’s in Computer Science. Then PhD Computer Science or Math

odbroadrick@gmail.com

Paddy George
Sports Management/Administration / Sports Marketing

patrickgeorge@gwu.edu

David Herman
Starting accounting job at EY after graduation

dherman21@gwu.edu

Kenzo Murray
Intelligence community as an intelligence analyst with a role that combines cybersecurity and international affairs.
​
kenzomurray@gmail.com

Brian O'Rourke
Journalism

borourke51@gwu.edu

Raymond Sanders
Pursuing masters in Project Management at GW’s School of Business. Graduating in the Spring of 2023. Hope to continue working in healthcare administration.

​rsanders22@gmail.gwu.edu

Marshall Thompson
Computer Science masters program (MS CS) specializing in machine intelligence and cognition. I hope to continue my research in artificial intelligence and computer vision which is in direct support of the National Center for missing and exploited children.

mdt_@gwu.edu

Team Support

Our job as former GW oarsmen, coxswains & coaches and parents, friends and even current members of the team is to support the program. Consider β€œgiving in kind.”  The team is in need of the following. If you purchase any of the items below, GW can give you a receipt as if you had made a cash donation.  An example is a group of alumni purchased 8 pairs of shoes for the team valued as noted below.

As of 12/31/2021, the support and needs of the team are:

Name Quantity Cost Link
Hudson foot stretchers 2 $200

Link (Option: crew)

Link (Option: crew)

Link (Option: 285 mm)

Hardware for foot stretchers 4 $26 Link (Option: with metric hardware)
Shoes 4 (Size 46) $2200 Link
Wrenches

8 - 10mm wrenches, 7/16mm wrenches & 13mm wrenches

4 - Allen keys

4 - adjustable wrenches

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NRS Straps 3 (12' four-packs) $101.85 Link
Slings 4 pairs $540 Link
Cox Box with GPS, Microphone and Charger 1 $973 Link

Fundraising To Date

Rowland Family Power 10 Challenge

The Rowland Family Power 10 Challenge has been an enormous success! Not only did the $10,000 arrive to be matched by the Rowlands, the number of gifts between the Head of Charles and 12/23 was the most productive in school history.  Thank you Rowland Family!

Total support for the team between 7/1/21 and 12/31/21 is $106,000!  

Mark Cenit’89 Challenge

GWMR had quite a start in fundraising and to start 2022 off towards a higher goal by 6/30/22, former GW Oarsman Mark Cenit ’89 committed to a $7,500 match challenge!  Thank you Mark for your continuous support of the program.

Mark and his family live in the northeast and after 25 years working for large companies, he started a real estate remediation / redevelopment company.  While the business was successful, the past two years with Covid gave Mark time to reexamine life.
 
Mark reports that learning to row at GW and rowing in general changed his life.  Rowing taught Mark about hard work, sacrificing for teammates and discipline.  More importantly, he met his wife Denise through rowing!  Together they have helped start two clubs, held numerous leadership positions,  taught hundreds of youth and adults how to row. Denise competes to this day.
 
One of Mark’s GW memories is a conversation with Paul Wilkins during his novice year.  Our varsity lightweight 8 had just won the Braxton and everyone was celebrating.  Paul walked up to Mark,  congratulated him for sticking it out through the fall and wished him luck.  Before that chat, Mark was unsure about coming back. Mark was shocked to learn that the head coach knew his name and was following his progress.  That one comment gave Mark the push he needed to raise his game and row for the rest of his time at GWU.  Paul taught Mark that one kind comment can change a person’s life and he has kept that lesson with him as he has coached three sports and managed people. 
 
Mark and his wife strongly believe in giving back to the organizations that have given them so much.  His continuing support of GW Rowing reflects that belief. Mark states what so many of us feel about what rowing and GW Men’s Rowing has done for all of us. Thank you Mark for sharing your story and giving back!

Go to https://www.gwmensrowing.com/  to be part of this!

The following already have made a difference for GW Men’s Rowing! (7/1-12/31) 

1956 Club ($10,000+)

Caroline & Ian Banwell

Richard & Connie Monrad

Art & Kathy Rowland

Current Parents

Parents of Former Oarsman

Current Parent

Championship Club ($5,000 - $9,999)

Mark Cenit '89

Oarsman 1989 - It is up to alumni to make sure Mark is in this club!

 

Varsity ($1,000 - $4,999)

Ben Adams

Timothy & Kristin Broadrick

Alexander Cashman

Cecile & Sabastian Cuvelier

Randall Deschenes

Kirk Dorn

Craig & Laura Harris

Carol & Chris Hawthorne

James & Toni Marsh

Lawrence (Sandy) & Antonieta Morrison 

Al Nadel

Brendan O'Malley

Jeremiah & Valerie Parrish

Matt Russell

Oarsman 1993

Current Parents

Oarsman 2005

Current Parents

Oarsman 1980

Oarsman 1996

Current Parents

Oarsman 1984

Parents of F. Oarsman

Oarsman 1956

Oarsman 1971

Oarsman 1998

Current Parents

Oarsman 1994

1821 Club ($500 - $999)

Elizabeth Adams

John Arthur

Alexa & Thomas Barnett

Kristen & Timothy Broderick

Erica & James Canfield

Kasey Colander

Timothy Cullen

Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund

Roland (Spider) & Freddye Croft

Robert & Audrey Esmond

Jennifer & Michael Frankel

Alice & David George

Christopher Glynn

Charles Griffin

Perky Gogo

Kelton Himsl

Robert Moore

Anne Murphy

David O'Rourke

Catherine Russell

Lee Silverberg

Lucinda & William Stewart

Sean Walsh

Team Concepts Projects, Inc.

Friend

Current Parent

Current Parents

Current Parents

Current Parents

Oarsman 2014

Friend

Friend

Oarsman 1961

Current Parents

Parent of F. Oarsman

Current Parents

Current Parents

Current Parent

Oarsman 1997

Current Parent

Friend

Current Parent

Current Parent

Friend

Coxswain 1986

Current Parents

Oarsman 1976

Friend

Colonial Club ($1 - $499)

Adam Bair

Anonymous

Connor Barley

Sanford Bellaire

Kearney Bennett

David Brand

Janet Breen

Ted & Nellie Bristol

Andrew Brown

Charles Brown

Alexander Del Sordo

Timothy Divens

Eric Gerhrke

Samuel Gorgen

Suzanne Hand

Dennis Hart

Anonymous

Shawn Hoyer

Jay Jacobs

Aidan King

John Knies

Michael La Place

David Lincoln

John Mancus

James & Toni Marsh

Patrick McLaughlin

Jeff & Lori Morales

Chris Murray

Sharon Parker

Ellie Romano

Emma Rowland

David & Elena Sanders

Abdulaziz Sen

Jared Shaw

Thomas Sullivan

Katherine & Michael Thompson

Chloe Vitoff

Jordan Volpe

John & Colette Wain

Jerry & Melissa Welch

Stephen Whisnant

Chad Wolfe

Oarsman 2013

 

Coxwain 2016

Oarsman 1993

Oarsman 1969

Friend

Friend

Oarsman 1979

Oarsman 1969

Oarsman 1986

Oarsman 2008

Parent of F. Oarsman

Former Coach

Oarsman 2010

Parent of F. Oarsman

Friend

Faculty

Oarsman 1999

Oarsman 2019

Oarsman 2020

Oarsman 2020

Oarsman 1985

Oarsman 2017

Oarsman 1976

Parents of F. Oarsman

Oarsman 2008

Oarsman 1983

Friend

Friend

Oarswoman 2019 (women's team)

Friend

Current Parents

Graduate Student 2024

Oarsman 1996

Friend

Current Parents

Friend

Oarsman 2016

Parents of F. Oarsman

Friends

Friend

Friend

Current Oarsmen

Luke Ames

John Arthur

Noah Axford

Clement Banwell

Braden Barnett

Lauren Bennett

Oliver Broaderick

Alex Canfield

Gaspard Cuvelier

Darren Frankel

Paddy George

Charlie Griffith

Grier Glynn

Max Hanna

David Herman

Alyssa Ilaria

Sam Kaushik

Matthew Lepis

William McClendon

Erick Milijkovis

Kenzo Murray

Malcolm Nyman

Brian O'Rourke

Mark Parrish

Mark Peoples

Rishabh Ravel

Matan Rosenberg

Donald Roveto

Henry Ryan

Donnie Roveto

Aidan Rowland

Raymond Sanders

Aziz Sen

Stephen Stamas

Clendenin Stewart

Marshall Thompson

Zane Wang

Aedan Yohannan

Andrew Zivkovic

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Thank you for reading and cheers to a great 2022!

If you have any questions please reach out to Chris Hawthorne at friendsofgwmr@gmail.com.

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