2021 Row-a-thon Updates: A Word From Our President


Alumni and Friends of Purdue Crew,

The Row-a-thon has become a longstanding tradition on Purdue Crew of giving back to the community and the team through one of our largest fundraising events of the year.  Typically, this event takes place in the middle of February at the Tippecanoe Mall, where we seek visibility and donations toward Purdue Crew and Lafayette Urban Ministry’s Good Samaritan Fund while pulling a marathon on an erg.  Lafayette Urban Ministry is an organization that works with a collection of local churches to form a social safety net for individuals in the area in a financial crisis.  The specific mission of LUM is to make an effort to change and improve the quality of life of the less fortunate.  Though we will still be working on the same mission, this year the Row-a-thon will instead take place at the France A. Córdova Recreational Sports Center at Purdue’s campus.  While the COVID-19 pandemic has certainly introduced some challenges in planning this event, it has not hindered our resolve to successfully run it this year!  In fact, it has strengthened it in many ways, knowing there are many individuals within our community, especially given the current circumstances, desperately in need of these funds to pay their bills or to cover unexpected expenses.  The 120 student-athlete-citizens are ready to take this challenge head-on.  On February 13th, 2021, athletes will gather at the CoRec in small groups to complete 20k on the erg over the course of the day.  While this will be unlike any previous Row-a-thon, the athletes are hard at work preparing for it nonetheless.  We thank you for your continued support of our program, and hope you’ll follow us on the website or social media as our Purdue Crew Boilermakers pull for our community’s less fortunate!

-Kelsey D’Amico