NFA Crew and Newburgh Rowing Club Volunteer to Help Swimmer’s Cross Hudson - Daily Hudson Valley News

NFA Crew and Newburgh Rowing Club Volunteer to Help Swimmer’s Cross Hudson

Jul 29th, 2012 | By | Category: Community Happenings

NFA Crew Team and NRC Rowers Volunteer to Kayak for River Pool Swim Across Hudson and Orange County Triathalon

Rhe rowers of the NFA Crew Team and the Newburgh Rowing Club have been busy putting their unique skills to work.  On July 21, 2012, they kayaked one mile across the Hudson River and one mile back, so as to assist swimmers at the 9th Annual Great Newburgh to Beacon Hudson River Swim.  The event raised money for the River Pool in Beacon, NY.

Earlier in the month, on July 7, 2012, the rowers kayaked along with the swimmers in the Orange County Triathalon.  The Crew Team, along with parents and rowers from the NRC,  also manned a water station at Water and Grand Street, and a bike aid station on Fostertown Road and Route 32, for the Triathalon.  “I love rowing, we all do,” said Vic Santiago, a rising senior at NFA, member of the Varsity Crew Team and Boy Scout who is working on Eagle Scout.  “We are asking a lot from the community, because the crew team has to raise about $60,000.00 to fund ourselves this year.  So it’s only right that we give back to the community too,” said Santiago.  “What better way than using our rowing skills,” he said.

Coach Ed Kennedy, Stef Sciolaro (NFA Crew Team), Amanda Perez (NFA Crew Team), Gabbi Napolitano (Graduate, NFA Class of 2012, former member of NFA Crew Team), Victor Santiago (NFA Crew Team), Matt Beisswenger (Newburgh Rowing Club), after kayaking for River Swim. Photo by Juliana LoBiondo


Members of the Newburgh Rowing Club at Bike aid Station for OC Triathalon: Catherine Cavaleri, Jordan Crinieri, Kylee Murphy, Jackie Clancy, Kelvin Vidalis, Matt Colarusso. KNEELING IN FRONT: Christian LoBiondo, Lissandro Chihuahua, and Najib Portillo. Photo by Juliana LoBiondo

For more information about Friends of Newburgh Crew, the 501(c)(3) organization raising funds to support the NFA Varsity Crew Team, contact Team Mom Juliana LoBiondo at or (845) 569-7600.

The Newburgh Rowing Club has Learn to Row Programs, taught by NFA Crew Team alumni, for children ages 10 and up.  There is a scholarship program for children ages 10 – 13 who reside in the City of Newburgh and meet certain financial criteria.


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