Philadelphia, PA – Monday, May 7, 2018 – The Schuylkill Navy of Philadelphia welcomes the return of Presenting Sponsor Toyota to the 92nd Stotesbury Cup Regatta. The Regatta – which is Philadelphia’s largest sprint race – is also the largest scholastic regatta in the world and takes place Friday May 18 through Saturday May 19 on the Schuylkill River.
Toyota is in the fifth year of sponsorship of the Regatta and is concluding the first year as Presenting Sponsor of the Schuylkill Navy Series, the six signature events annually conducted by the Schuylkill Navy, including the Stotesbury Cup Regatta. As Presenting Sponsor of the Series, Toyota has greatly expanded its support for the Schuylkill Navy and the Navy’s 365-day-a-year efforts on behalf of the rowing community, including expanding river stewardship, ensuring river user safety, and developing rowing talent at every level.
The Stotesbury Cup Regatta venue provides Regatta attendees with multiple ways to engage with Toyota and learn more about the Toyota line. The Toyota Experience is located in Stotesbury Village near the Grandstand Finish Line. With vehicles on view, a photo booth opportunity and Olympic and Paralympic athletes in attendance, the Toyota Experience allows consumers to connect on many levels.
“The expanded support that Toyota brings to the Schuylkill Navy and Stotesbury Cup Regatta is a testament to Toyota’s commitment to the rowing community,” said Paul Horvat, Commodore, Schuylkill Navy. “The breadth of Toyota’s support helps us continue to improve all events at our historic venue as well as providing a significant resource to allow Boathouse Row athletes to compete on the world-class level.”
ABOUT THE SCHUYLKILL NAVY’S STOTESBURY CUP REGATTA PRESENTED BY TOYOTA
The Stotesbury Cup Regatta is the largest sprint regatta in Philadelphia and largest scholastic regatta in the world. Held continuously on the Schuylkill River since 1927, the event is organized by The Schuylkill Navy of Philadelphia, the non-profit organization that governs Boathouse Row and the rowing community in the Philadelphia region. As the Regatta enters its 92nd year, almost 6,000 high school student-athletes from almost 200 high schools will compete in the 2018 Stotesbury Cup Regatta joined by over 35,000 spectators.
Founded in 1858, the Schuylkill Navy is the oldest amateur sporting association in the country and is chartered by its member clubs on Boathouse Row and upriver “to secure collective action and promote amateurism on the Schuylkill.” The Schuylkill Navy has staged over 600 events, many dating back to the mid-19th century.
ABOUT THE SCHUYKILL NAVY SERIES
The Schuylkill Navy Series Presented by Toyota is composed of six sporting events in Philadelphia, hosted by the Schuylkill Navy at its iconic River venues. Powered by the work of hundreds of volunteers and donations by generous sponsors led by Toyota, these events are free to spectators and open to a diverse range of athletes in the City, region and beyond. Proceeds fund the work of the Schuylkill Navy in promoting access to rowing and paddling, stewardship of the River and Fairmount Park, youth development, and our athletes who compete nationally and internationally. The Schuylkill Navy Series events are:
- The Stotesbury Cup Regatta- Philadelphia’s largest sprint regatta and the largest youth regatta in the world – May 18-19, 2018
- The Schuylkill Navy Regatta – the nation’s oldest regatta – June 16, 2019
- The Independence Day Regatta – the nation’s oldest and largest summer regatta – June 30, July 1-2
- The Philadelphia Youth Regatta – the nation’s largest one-day regatta – July 21, 2018
- The Schuylkill Navy Run – the nation’s oldest cross-country race, hosted annually on Thanksgiving Day through Fairmount Park;
- Ergathon Philadelphia – a 24-hour rowing machine marathon to raise funds for public access to rowing and paddling, hosted annually in the spring.
Bonnie Mueller, Vice Commodore, Schuylkill Navy, Bmueller81@me.com, (215) 815-0599