City Island Rowing

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Ava Drakeford


Raised of $500


Hi friends and family and thank you so much for taking time out of your day to ready this page! In 8th grade, I started rowing just to have something to do after school- never did I imagine I would love fall in love with this sport the way I did. Through rowing I've learned so any things about myself and what it means to be part of a team. I'm so grateful to have joined this team and be able to continue to row at this club. 

On Sunday March 5th we will hold our annual capital equipment fundraiser, to pay for all the equipment that we use... which in our sport is typically made of hand-laid carbon fiber and is very expensive. This year is an especially important fundraiser as proceeds will fund the purchase of the most stunning racing shell specifically designed for high school girls, available in the world ~ Hudson USP 8.12

The innovative and groundbreaking Hudson USP series racing shells are made in Canada and are quickly replacing Empachers at the fastest women's collegiate programs across the country. The "USP" (Ultra Super Predator) marque is Hudson's Flagship model, in their premium "Shark" line-up. A more detailed description of the shell we have ordered can be found on our website.

There is no question that this stunning shell, made possible by your generous support, will help us achieve our goals this coming Spring Championship season, and for a decade to come!

My teammates and I will be investing our sweat equity! On Sunday we will complete a grueling 90-minute endurance piece on the indoor rowing machine ("the erg"). It will be mentally and physically exhausting, but it's for such a great cause, and I will have all of my supporters in mind to keep me motivated.

Thank you again so much for your support!

Please note that City Island Rowing is an IRS-recognized 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization and 100% of your donation is fully tax-deductible. 



Dana made a $25.00 donation


Suzanne made a $50.00 donation

“Go, Ava!! 🙌🏼”


Chris made a $100.00 donation

“We are so unbelievably proud of you Ava! We love you so much!”

Anonymous made a $50.00 donation

“Head down, keep paddling Ava!!!💪🏼❤️ Or I guess in your case, ROWING!!! sending much love and congratulations on finding your passion and strength …like your mama!❤️”


Maureen made a $50.00 donation


Julie Baker-Nolan made a $50.00 donation


Elizabeth made a $50.00 donation


Lorraine made a $40.00 donation

“Keep rowing Ava!”

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