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Lake Brantley Rowing Association

PO Box 915653

Longwood, FL 32791-5653

Thank you for your consideration in helping Lake Brantley Rowing Association. We provide rowing opportunities to students from Lake Brantley High School, and surrounding Seminole County Middle Schools. At Lake Brantley Rowing Association, our mission is to inspire athletes to reach their full potential both on and off the water, by helping them gain admittance to college, develop leadership and teambuilding skills for their future career, and to foster a lifelong love for staying active and healthy at any age. 


Would you be willing to donate to help our cause? We’d be happy to put your company’s name on our website and our social media platforms in exchange to show how much we appreciate this. 


If you’d like to begin a partnership with us, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 407-792-3899. 

Fundraising events and monthly dues that our rowers and their families provide fund our boathouse, located on Lake Fairview in Orlando.  Rowing is considered a club sport in the state of Florida, and our club does not receive any money from Lake Brantley High School or Seminole County Schools.  Lake Brantley Rowing  Association is a 501{c}{3} organization, and our Federal Tax Identification Number is 59-2904269. Our organization is made up of a volunteer-run board that commands the day to day management and finances. The only individuals who receive compensation are our coaches. 

In-Kind Donations for Gift Certificates, Services, or Items that we may use for our Annual Golf Tournament or Novice Regatta Raffle are greatly appreciated.

 

email: Fundraising@lakebrantleyrowingassociation.org

TESTIMONIALS

“How can you begin to describe something that consumes your life mentally, physically, and emotionally for years. It is unknown to people why we choose to put ourselves through such an immense amount of pain, it’s even difficult for me to understand. But if you try to think about it what would you do without crew? What would you do without these obnoxious kids that you call your family? Rowing has shown me how hard I can push myself and what limits I have - which have become very few. With all the rigorous training we go through we are at our peak for fitness and there isn’t much we can’t push our bodies to do. Seabrook said, “Marathon runners talk about hitting ‘the wall’ at the 23rd mile of the race. What rowers confront isn’t a wall; it is a hole—an abyss of pain, which opens up in the second minute of the race”. This quote is exactly how crew has shown me my breaking points and has taught me how to push through those “abysses of pain” both physical and mental even though my mind still questions how I’m getting through certain workouts. But what really gets me through these workouts and makes me come back for more is the people I row with. Those people are the exact reason I am willing to push myself past those thick walls of pain and insanity; the people you fight to gain seconds on the other boats that make it worth all the suffering. Rowing brings people together, you bleed and sweat for these people, they share your pain and glory, and they also experience the tears that come along on the ride too. They shine bright with you at your best and are always there for you when you’re at your worst. Sometimes we’ll be at each other’s throats, but in the end we put aside our issues and realize that we are all here for one thing and it’s to win. As I said previously some things are hard for people to understand; how and why would anyone be proud of bleeding blisters, or hard calluses that make our hands feel like sand paper? Why would anyone want to use a machine that was once used for torturing? Why would you put yourself through hell…all for a sport? 
When it comes to the end of practice as we’re drenched in sweat, bragging about our blisters, and most likely somehow covered in slide grease it hits you - that the people surrounding you at that moment are your family and they would do anything for you. 
Who wouldn’t go through hell for that?

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Kamaye Nichols / 2014 Alumni 

"All boats have alignment... sit ready, attention... ROW!” I always feel the adrenaline at the start of every race, sitting there patiently waiting for the official to drop his flag and watch as my stroke seat takes his first stroke, as I scream out the race plan. Crew taught me to trust my boat and my team, as they can have trust in me. Looking back at my freshmen year I realized that this was a sport that is very uncommon. Crew is a sport that taught me about teamwork and bonding with the rowers. Regardless of how many times people would come up to me and crack jokes for being on a sport where you row a boat, I didn't let that stop me. Crew is a sport that taught me to have compassion, work hard and have trust within your teammates, and you can see that in any rowers’ face regardless what team they belong to. That's what makes all rowers so connected whether we disliked each other or not.
 
I always looked up at my fellow captains to guide me deeper into understanding crew. My coaches always taught me to strive to be the best I can be. Crew taught me as a person, to be more open and friendly not only to my team members but people I met at school. Crew made me aware of my grades and that it is important to maintain a certain grade point average.  In freshman year when I had a D in biology my punishment was to do push ups. The coaches were serious about their students’ academic performance.
 
Everyone that's ever been on the team has had that little doubt that it would be easier just to quit and to leave. That voice that tells you that you're not good enough, but I was taught that the tough ones stick it out, resulting in satisfaction and reward, which no one can take away from you. Even though I've been watching the team slowly decrease in numbers throughout the year it never takes away the enjoyment of those flat water days, watching the sunrise as we destroy the glass water with a long intense piece or practice 1500's. Watching new rowers come in as I introduce them to a long season to come. My hope is that I can stay and watch the new rowers grow as a person and build character and love the team that I have grown to love and admire myself.
 
            My favorite days at practice would be the ones just from the feel of the water and the focus that everyone had in the boat, I knew that they were ready to be there and become faster. Remembering back at states my sophomore year when one of the rowers had a near death experience my coach had to make a quick decision to take one boat out, which was the senior boat. My boat watched as we can see the pain in all the seniors’ faces knowing they would never have this chance again to row at states. There was pain and regret in my boat, but only made the people in my boat strive to be the best and give it every ounce of what we had. All the emotion that we were feeling helped me call out my best race.  There was so much emotion inside me but I pushed my team and gave them that little motivation that they needed in order to cross that finish line. Getting us into the grand finals with one seat back off of first. Watching my rowers’ faces as we finished at the excitement of how the race went and satisfaction we gained from finishing the race. These races help me appreciate even the smallest moments of my life.
 
The hardest thing I'm going to have to face is leaving my team behind knowing that I will not be going to row every day. My whole high school career was school and crew. I had so much passion for the sport that I made it a part of my character. Knowing I'll be waking up on Saturday mornings not seeing the flat water and sunrise and not seeing my team ready to work is going to be difficult for me.  I have had the amazing opportunity to be a part of a team that not only gave me so much joy but helped me grow as an individual. The skills I have acquired from Crew I will take with me for the rest of my life. If I can go back and relive this experience I would do it all over again and not change a thing. Hopefully, this experience can make a strong impact on someone’s life just like it did for me. "

Vincenzo Foglia / 2014 Alumni

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Lake Brantley Rowing Association, Inc. 
PO Box 915653 
Longwood, FL 32791-5653 

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4217 N Orange Blossom Tr. 
Orlando, FL 32804