Press Conference Friday, June 16th at 3 p.m. with Congressman Robert A. Brady (D, PA) at The Vesper Club on Philadelphia’s Historic Boathouse Row
The Schuylkill Navy of Philadelphia Announces Formation of The Schuylkill Navy Series and Creation of Schuylkill Navy High Performance Collaborative Team – Philadelphia Region’s Olympic Training Team Olympic Partner Toyota to Serve as Boathouse Row Sponsor through 2020
“Since 1858, the Schuylkill Navy has continuously hosted more than 600 events in the heart of Philadelphia’s historic Fairmount Park,” says Paul Horvat, the organization’s Commodore. “As we know, the city’s ability to continue to host iconic, mega-events is largely dependent on hosts’ abilities to attract and retain generous sponsors who share their vision and see value in what they do. Together, with our city partners and amazing volunteers from our clubs on Boathouse Row and upriver, Toyota is helping to ensure we can continue our mission to promote amateurism on the Schuylkill and support our members’ collective needs.”
For the Schuylkill Navy’s member clubs, collective needs include maintaining a safe environment for all Schuylkill River users, developing the next generation of coaches and leaders, and – most urgently – working with city and federal stakeholders to ensure the preservation of Philadelphia’s Boathouse Row and the Schuylkill River course as a venue for all recreational river users, not just rowers.
“The Schuylkill River’s depth is dangerously low, and invasive weeds immediately threaten all river users’ safe access to the water,” said Paul Laskow, Chair of the Schuylkill Navy’s River Restoration Committee. “We continue our four-year effort to secure Federal funding to begin dredging both in front of Boathouse Row and on the racecourse itself, and Toyota’s support helps us to continue these efforts.”
“Throughout a 150+ year history, the Schuylkill Navy clubs have developed Olympic and international champions, but always exclusively through the individual efforts of isolated clubs. Now, for the first time, we are pooling our resources and aiming to have our athletes and coaches from across Boathouse Row and upriver row together to showcase the Philadelphia region’s rowing excellence on the international stage,” said Horvat.
“We are proud to team with the Schuylkill Navy, the organization that not only runs regattas but works 365 days to support the efforts of the community,” said Paul Muller, President of the Tri-State Toyota Dealers Association. “Their efforts to expand river stewardship, preserve the Schuylkill River racing venue, maintain river user safety, and develop access and rowing talent at every level are efforts we want to support and get behind.”