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Races unite UWO and community

Teams of 20 rowers compete for first place at the 10th Annual Oshkosh Community Dragon Boat Race and Festival. Crystal Knuth | The Advance-Titan

Teams of 20 rowers compete for first place at the 10th Annual Oshkosh Community Dragon Boat Race and Festival.

UW Oshkosh students, staff and area community members gathered to give back to Oshkosh and participate in the 10th Annual Oshkosh Community Dragon Boat Race and Festival on Sept. 19. More than 33 teams raced along the Fox River, including UWO’s Titan Pride, UnbeReeveables and Forty Arms of Fury. Chancellor Andrew Leavitt helped the Titan Pride team by rowing in its first heat against the UnbeReeveables. “I’m honored to have been invited to row with Titan Pride,” Leavitt said. “I’m glad to continue the tradition of chancellors racing in the event.” According to Leavitt, the event helps out the entire Oshkosh community by raising funds for the Oshkosh Community Dragon Boat Scholarship for UWO students from Winnebago County. The event also helps fund the YMCA’s Annual Campaign, which provides membership aid to citizens in need. “I am delighted to be a part of the community and that as a University, we will do anything we can to help the community,” Leavitt said. UWO student and Forty Arms of Fury rower Amber Wilkinson said she first got involved in the dragon boat races when her freshman-year roommate told her about it. “She told me that it was a tradition at UWO, and as a member of the student body, I felt the need to get involved very early on, and this was a way to be a part of the community,” Wilkinson said. According to Wilkinson, Forty Arms of Fury is a United Students of Residence- Halls sponsored team. “USRH and Residence Life have had teams in the races for 10 years,” Wilkinson said. UWO student Jacob Tennie said it’s important for UWO students to get involved in the community, and the Dragon Boat Races are a great place to start. “[The races are a] time in which we as students can gather with members from around the city to show that whether we are on or off campus, [we’re] all part of the same community of Oshkosh,” Tennie said.

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Races unite UWO and community