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Donate here for the Ergathon!
If you are donating at the request of a specific rower, please enter their name in the note and also forward them a copy of your confirmation email to submit with their other donations.
The "Ergathon" is BLS Crew's premier annual fundraiser. All athletes solicit pledges from family, friends, local businesses, etc., and then "erg" in one-hour shifts in Christopher Columbus Park.
Rowing is one of the most expensive of all high school sports. Boats usually cost as much as a car ($31,000+). We also hire our own coaches and need to pay for oars, riggers, cox boxes, speaker systems, a trailer for the boats, a truck to haul the boats to regattas, and workout equipment.
Although we are a public high school team, we receive almost no public funding. To pay for all of this, the team relies heavily on its members and donors for financial support, holding fundraisers and soliciting donations to maintain its program. Despite our financial challenges, our team has been able to be very competitive: in Fall 2022, the girls’ and boys’ varsity teams competed in the Head of the Charles Regatta and this year’s spring season race line-up is jam packed.
On April 29th, we will hold our annual ERGATHON to raise money for the team. An “ERG” is short for ergometer, the rowing machine we use for training and fitness. During the ERGATHON event, each rower takes a turn on the ERG for a one-hour shift and will attempt to row 10,000 meters.
Where and When:
On Saturday, April 29, 2023, BLS Crew will be in Christopher Columbus Park from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm!
110 Atlantic Avenue, North End, MA 02110
You can donate in a particular rower's name with a check made payable to "Friends of BLS Crew" or online (use the above button, and add a note if you a responding to a specific rower's request).
Funds raised are used for equipment purchases and maintenance, as well as our financial aid program to ensure that participating in crew is affordable for all BLS families. 100% of the donated funds go to the team.
We greatly appreciate every donation!
Resources for Rowers (participants):