For Immediate Release
Sept. 6, 2013
ATTN: Van Do, DC Dragons
Anacostia Community Boathouse
1900 M St SE, Washington DC 20003
NCAWPA Teams Come Out to Support the District Department of Transportation’s Decade of Transportation Advancements with the 11th Street Bridge Opening.
Washington, DC—For more than a decade, the National Capital Area Women's Paddling Association (NCAWPA) has been a part of the Anacostia River community. From Earth Day cleanups to environmental projects, NCAWPA members have done their part in not only preserving the Anacostia River Watershed and its tributaries, but also in promoting its recreational use through boating activities.
That is why the 11st Street Bridge celebration on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, is so important to NCAWPA members and to those who come out to the Anacostia Community Boathouse regularly to partake in recreational water sport activities. After all, the 11th St. bridge project began more than three years ago and today the effort comes full circle with the completion and full opening of the new local bridge portion of the larger 11th Street bridge project and the festivities taking place to honor this Southeast DC milestone. Additionally, the city built the Anacostia Community Boathouse as part of this project, says Miako Rankin, president of National Capital Area Women's Paddling Association.
“The National Capital Area Women's Paddling Association’s grassroots efforts have stretched back nearly 20 years,” Rankin said. “Our members host numerous community programs, regattas, and events. We are honored to be a part of the day’s festivities, because we get to come out and support our community’s redevelopment.”
Boathouses can be centerpieces for waterfront revitalizations. They attract new businesses and visitors to city districts. The dragon boats, the outrigger canoes, and other boating activity give patrons something attractive to enjoy. Additionally, ACBA (Anacostia Community Boathouse Association) and its member organizations are making a significant contribution to changing the public image of the Anacostia River and enhancing the trade and investment climate of Southeast Washington on both sides of the river.
“For generations the Anacostia River has divided two parts of the city,” Rankin said, adding “Saturday’s bridge opening will lift the barrier that for so long separated the core of the federal city from its neighborhoods east of the Anacostia.” In addition, the scholastic and community-based organizations that operate from the boathouse have accepted “bridge-building” as part of their core missions.
Representatives of NCAWPA teams, the DC Dragons, NCA Outrigger, GoPink!DC, and Capital City Dragons, will be with ACBA on Saturday, along with other teams to take part in the community festivities, pass out information about dragon boating and outrigger canoe racing, and speak with the public. Also, anyone who is interested in learning more about dragon boating or outrigger canoe racing can sign up to attend a team introductory practice at no cost. For those who have never seen dragon boating and outrigger canoe racing, NCAWPA teams will be on the water in dragon boats and outrigger canoes from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., as part of the planned festivities.
The National Capital Area Women's Paddling Association, established in 1992 as a non-profit, community-based organization, first came together as a women's dragon boat team. The organization today includes the NCA Outrigger canoe team; as well as the DC Dragons, a mixed male and female adult dragon boat team; GoPink!DC, a breast cancer survivor team, and Capital City Dragons, a youth dragon boat team. Visit NCAWPA online at http://www.ncawpa.org for more information.
About DC Dragons
DC Dragons is a premier, mixed dragon boat racing team from the DC area. Members come from all levels of experience and range in age from 18 to 72 years old. We're especially proud to have sent four teammates to represent Team USA in the 2013 IDBF World Championships in Szeged, Hungary. Because the team is a premier team, we practice year round and this title places us in our respected division against other club teams. We are on the water from late March to early November, weather permitting, and then we switch to indoors training for the winter season. The team also participates in a number of competitions in different venues across the United States and internationally.
Although the team has traveled to other venues to compete during the winter months, the team’s race season usually starts with the DC Dragon Boat Festival in Georgetown and ends in October at the Philadelphia Festival. The team has raced in Taiwan; Canada (Montreal & Toronto); Miami, Fla.; and Long Beach, Calif. Email DC Dragons at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
About NCA Outrigger
Outrigger canoeing in Washington DC brings people of a multitude of generations and backgrounds together. Outrigger Canoeing, sometimes called "OC," is a team oriented sport that doesn't require any previous experience on the water, just a desire to experience the "Aloha" spirit and spend time exercising with a great group of people of all skill levels who enjoy experiencing DC in a wholly different way (on the water!). The outrigger team races in multiple events in DC and throughout the East Coast. They also compete in major events in Hawaii, California, and other areas of the world. Email NCA Outrigger at email@example.com for more information.
GoPink!DC is a premiere breast cancer (BC) survivors and supporters dragon boat team from Washington DC. The diagnosis of breast cancer, either personally or of a loved one, is their common bond. Paddling together in a twenty-person dragon boat has created a treasured sisterhood for the team, while also offering fitness, friendship, and fun. GoPink!DC members include breast cancer survivors and female supporters of all ages and levels of fitness. The team’s on-the-water paddling season runs from late March through early November, and they also offer fitness and conditioning throughout the year. In addition to weekly practices, the team participates in festivals and races locally, as well as in other venues in the eastern United States. Email GoPink!DC at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
About Capital City Dragons
Capital City Dragons is NCAWPA’s Youth Dragon Boat program, a weekly paddling event, for teens ages 12 to 18 years old. Learn to paddle a dragon boat, meet new people, get a great workout, and have fun! Practices take place every Sunday morning during the summer season. Email Capital City Dragons at email@example.com for more information.
About Dragon Boating
In the fourth century B.C., China was undergoing political and military strife. This era is also known as the Warring States period. Legend has it that Qu Yuan, a scholar and advisor to the emperor of the Chu Kingdom, jumped into the Mei Lo (Mi Luo) River in despair and protest against government corruption. Local fishermen raced out in their boats to save him. They beat drums and pounded their paddles on the river's waters and threw rice dumplings wrapped in silk into the river to distract the water dragons and keep them from eating from Qu Yuan's body. Dragon boating evolved from the re-enactment of this legend at annual festivals. Today, it is one of the fastest-growing international team water sports.
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