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Paddles Up At The 2016 Hope Chest Dragon Boat Festival

Valu Crew at the Dragon Boat Races 2016

On Saturday, June 18th, Valu Crew proudly participated in the 2016 Hope Chest Dragon Boat Festival.

Hope Chest is a Buffalo, NY based organization that provides a positive support group for Breast Cancer survivors. They offer a unique paddling program along with a distinct health and fitness program for breast cancer survivors of all ages and fitness levels. They inspire Breast Cancer patients and survivors in any stage of treatment or recovery to become, or to continue, to lead active and fulfilling lives through our unique physical fitness program which also promotes emotional healing.

The Dragon Boat Festival is Hope Chest’s premiere event hosted each summer in Buffalo, NY.

Dragon boating is a boat of 20 paddlers, a drummer and a steer person. It is a team sport that requires power, speed, synchronization and endurance. Dragon boat participant skills will range from novice to competitive though no experience is required. With its beginnings in Southern China, dragon boating today is the fastest growing international team water sport and soon to be an Olympic event.

Dragon Boat Race 2016 - Valu Crew
Dragon Boat Race 2016 - Valu Crew

Check out the video below to watch one of our races:

Valu Crew put their paddling skills to the test in support of Hope Chest's mission!

We had a blast learning about this exciting sport, and racing our dragon boat down the river at Buffalo RiverWorks. We put our teamwork to the test and rowed as fast as we could toward the finish line! We finished in second place for our division, and can't wait to come back for first place next year!

Paddles up, Valu Crew!