With their spring 2020 season canceled, Saints boys crew captains JT Meyer '21 and Blake Hundley '20 worked to bring the team together virtually for an event that would also help our local Delaware community. Since not everyone on the team has access to ERG machines and other fitness equipment at home, JT and Blake came up with the idea of a five-minute burpee challenge held via Zoom (since a burpee requires only the human body!). The team set the goal of raising $1000 for the Delaware Food Bank and getting as many current and alumni rowers as possible to join in. "We were thrilled to have 18 team members join in the burpee challenge, and we've raised over $1700 as of Monday afternoon," said Saints boys rowing Head Coach Will Porter.
Three members of the Class of 2019—Xander Atalay, Shap McCoy, and Nick Loh—joined the current rowers for the challege. Coach Dave Myers brought his baby to the Zoom—"to burp but not burpee," noted Coach Porter. Coaches Porter and Gilheany, missing the relative comfort of the coaches' launch, gamely joined the boys in the suffer-fest. Alec Finch '22 won the day with an astonishing 76 burpees. "Five minutes of burpees is a good approximation of what a 1500m race feels like, so there were lots of groans of pain and post-race congratulations all around," explained Coach Porter.
A recent report from The Brookings Institute suggests that "by the end of April 2020, more than one in five households in the United States, and two in five households with mothers with children 12 and under, were food insecure. In almost one in five households of mothers with children age 12 and under, the children were experiencing food insecurity."
"The St. Andrew's boys crew is proud of their modest contribution to this dire problem," Coach Porter said. "We are looking forward to a time when enough is right in the world that we can once again host regattas on Noxontown Pond." If you wish to contribute to the team's fundraiser for the Delaware Food Bank, you may do so here.