NEWBURGH – On June 12th, the Newburgh Rowing Club held its annual Presentation of the Oars for its high school seniors, who graduated from high schools such as Newburgh Prep, Our Lady of Lourdes and Carmel High School, said Coach Ed Kennedy, head coach of the Newburgh Rowing club. The ceremony took place at the Newburgh Rowing club Boathouse, located at Ward Brothers memorial park in the city of Newburgh.
Then, on June 15th, the Newburgh Rowing Club held its annual Awards Banquet 2017 at Temple Hill Tavern in New Windsor, New York, said Coach Kennedy.
“We had a great evening of dinner, dancing and awards, thanks to Temple Hill Tavern and the DJ services of DJ Ming,” said Coach Kennedy. “Our highest award, the Corsairs Cup, was presented to Mrs. Lo ( Juliana LoBiondo) for her continued dedication to the children of Newburgh. In particular, this year, she helped us to procure our first brand-new boat for the Newburgh Rowing club, a 4+ Women’s Crew shell, along with new Croker Oars. In past years, the Corsairs cup has been given to Senator Bill Larkin, Dr. Winchester-Vega, and other local dignitaries.”
“I am very honored to receive the 2017 Corsairs Cup award,” said Juliana LoBiondo, local attorney and director of America Rows and Swims Newburgh, a not-for-profit foundation which provides free swim lessons, Rowing scholarships, and free summer camp opportunities for children in Newburgh. “The new boat has been named the ‘Spirit of ‘76’ which harkens back to 1776 and the historical role of the city of Newburgh in the Revolutionary war. It’s also a reference to 1976, the year that Anita DeFrantz became the first African American rower to medal in the Olympics. Our NRC Girls 4+ is the first all Latina crew to medal at the NYS Rowing Championship. We are pleased to bring the sport of rowing to so many youth in our community.”
The Newburgh Rowing club will be hosting summer rowing camp and summer rowing programs from June through August. For more information visit www.NewburghRowClub.org.