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Get on the Boat: SEF Dragon Boat Races Registration is Open

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Sparta Education Foundation Dragon Boat Race 2016 Credits: Jennifer Dericks
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SPARTA, NJ - Registration is now open for the Sparta Education Foundation’s Third Annual Dragon Boat Festival on Sunday, May 21 at the Lake Mohawk Country Club. Those who participated in the past know what an exciting day this is, and all the teams from 2016 as well as new teams are encouraged to join in on the fun. Visit spartadragonboat.com for additional details about this fundraiser benifitting Sparta’s public schools.

The Dragon Boat Festival a perfect team-building opportunity for teams of 21 that can include friends, co-workers, neighbors, church members, sports teams, clubs or any group who would like to be part of this exhilarating event.  All skill levels can participate, making it the ultimate team-building sport, requiring synchronicity and finesse more than power to win.

Dragon Boat Races are held in 46-foot long boats, and teams of 21 compete in 250 meter heats.  A team is comprised of 20 paddlers and one drummer. Each team in this positive, adrenaline-filled activity must include at least eight females and can include no more than ten participants between the ages of 15-17. A steersman is provided by the Dragon Boat Festival director. Each team will be invited to an on-water practice session with a trained coach/steersperson prior to race day and compete in at least two heats on Sunday, May 21. Prizes will be awarded, but the real winners will be Sparta’s students.

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Truly a unique event, Dragon Boat Race teams will raise money to help enrich the educational experience for students in our schools, and it is a spirited community day and great team competition. For more information about registering your team or volunteer opportunities, visit spartadragonboat.com or like the Facebook page at facebook.com/SpartaDragonBoatFestival.

The Sparta Education Foundation strengthens public schools, supports teachers and inspires students. Since 2006, they have donated over $775,000 in grants to all five of Sparta’s public schools. The Foundation is an independent, non-profit, all-volunteer organization whose mission is to engage the entire community in philanthropic giving. Visit spartaeducationfoundation.org for more information.

 

 

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