What impact did rowing have on your Dartmouth experience?
It wasn’t until the end of my Freshman Spring that I had fully bought into the Dartmouth Lights. I struggled in my first year to find a place, a role, and a meaning behind the team I was getting ready to finish out my rowing career with, and it made me question how my college experience would be shaped in general. One day late in the Spring, myself along with the others in my class were given stories and traditions dating back one hundred plus years ago about the Dartmouth Lightweight Rowing team and its impact on the school and on hundreds of athletes who came before us. I realized that the opportunity I had to represent the team and program was bigger than myself, bigger than anything. It was a welcoming into a family of passion, hard work, and determination, and I have since been excited and proud to represent that family and team culture. I may only be a rising Junior, but I was heartbroken and absolutely deflated to hear that the family I’ve grown to love and be apart of could be taken from us in a matter of moments. I’ve come to learn that in life not all things are fair and that sometimes we have to accept things as they happen, but in this situation, for the sake of a well respected and hard working sports program, the family it creates, and the student athletes that rely on this team for a home and an acceptance, please try to help give us this privilege to continue our college careers as members of a functioning Dartmouth Lightweight Rowing team. Your efforts and support so far have been amazing and I am so grateful to have you all in our corner. Thank you so much.
What impact did rowing have beyond college?
Dartmouth LWT rowing has allowed me to feel accepted into a social group that I otherwise would not have been able to find. They have welcomed me with open arms and continue to treat me as though I am a member of a greater family.
What would be lost if Dartmouth eliminates the Lightweight Rowing Team?
More than just a sports team. Dartmouth would lose a chunk of its tradition, culture, and leave 32 student athletes who train tirelessly each and every day sacrificing hours and placing stress on their bodies that is unimaginable to others without that great pursuit. It would leave us homeless and without a social outlet, and would leave many lost without a feeling of self purpose.