For Immediate Release
Bonnie Mueller, Vice Commodore, Schuylkill Navy
Philadelphia, PA – Thursday, May 9, 2019 – The Schuylkill Navy of Philadelphia welcomes the return of the Tri-State Toyota Dealers Association as Presenting Sponsor of the 93rd 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 17 and Saturday, May 18 on the Schuylkill River.
The Tri-State Toyota Dealers Association is in the sixth year of presenting sponsorship of the Regatta and is kicking off the third year as overall Presenting Sponsor of the Schuylkill Navy Series, the five signature events annually conducted by the Schuylkill Navy (including the Stotesbury Cup Regatta). As Presenting Sponsor of the Series, Toyota supports the Schuylkill Navy’s 365-day-a-year efforts on behalf of the rowing community, including 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 full-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. A second Toyota location in the Athletes Village near the launching dock features Toyota trucks where you can experience the powerful and versatile models available.
“The expanded support that Toyota brings to the Schuylkill Navy and Stotesbury Cup Regatta is a testament to the Tri-State Toyota Dealers’ 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.”
“The ongoing commitment to the Stotesbury Cup Regatta and the rowing community is part of one of our most important partnerships,” said Paul Muller, President of the Tri-State Toyota Dealers Association. “Toyota is excited to continue this relationship and assist the Regatta in allowing the many student-athletes to compete on May 17 and 18. We look forward to cheering them on.”
For Toyota, mobility and commitment continues as an important vertical with their global campaign of “Start Your Impossible” as they plan support for the Olympics and Paralympic game though 2020. Toyota supports athletes such as Oksana Masters, a four-time U.S. Paralympian who has appeared in rowing events during the Paralympic summer games. It is Toyota’s goal to continue to emphasize its commitment to creating an ever-better society through freedom of movement by championing local hometown heroes and national athletes as well as events such as the Stotesbury Cup Regatta that connects with people locally to share and encourage others to do the same.
A special presentation about the Schuylkill Navy-Toyota partnership will take place on the championship dock at the Grandstand Finish line on Friday, May 17 at noon at the Stotesbury Cup Regatta. Boathouse Row medalist athletes, the Phillies Phanatic, Toyota representatives and Schuylkill Navy officials will be on hand to mark the sponsorship anniversary. Regatta attendees and the public are invited.
ABOUT TRI-STATE TOYOTA DEALERS ASSOCIATION
The Tri-State Toyota Dealers Association (TDA) is comprised of 25 Toyota Dealers in the Greater Philadelphia market dedicated to providing customers in Southeastern Pennsylvania, Northwestern Delaware and Southern New Jersey communities with Toyota sales and service. The Tri-State TDA has been supporting the Schuylkill Navy and their community efforts for over six years and is proud to continue to support the Regatta.
Toyota (NYSE:TM) has been a part of the cultural fabric in the U.S. and North America for 60 years, and is committed to advancing sustainable, next-generation mobility through our Toyota and Lexus brands. During that time, Toyota has created a tremendous value chain as our teams have contributed to world-class design, engineering, and assembly of more than 38 million cars and trucks in North America, where we operate 14 manufacturing plants (10 in the U.S.) and directly employ more than 47,000 people (more than 37,000 in the U.S.). Our 1,800 North American dealerships (nearly 1,500 in the U.S.) sold more than 2.8 million cars and trucks (2.4 million in the U.S.) in 2018 – and about 87 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold over the past 16 years are still on the road today. Through the Start Your Impossible campaign, Toyota highlights the way it partners with community, civic, academic and governmental organizations to address our society’s most pressing mobility challenges. We believe that when people are free to move, anything is possible. For more information about Toyota, visit www.toyotanewsroom.com.
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 93rd year, approximately 6,000 high school student-athletes from close to 200 high schools will compete in the 2019 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 five 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 17-18, 2019
- The Schuylkill Navy Regatta – the nation’s oldest regatta – June 15, 2019
- The Independence Day Regatta – the nation’s oldest and largest summer regatta – June 28-29-30, 2019
- The Philadelphia Youth Regatta – the nation’s largest one-day regatta – July 20, 2019
- The Schuylkill Navy Run – the nation’s oldest cross-country race, hosted annually on Thanksgiving Day through Fairmount Park