Take Part in the Dragon Boat Festival
It is true…
After much consideration, Partners in Education and the Board of Trustees are sad to announce that the Dragon Boat Summer Learning Festival & Races will be canceled this year. Due to the crazy amounts of construction going on at International Park and Downtown in general, we thought it was best to take the year off and take some time to re-evaluate the event.
Stay tuned for updates on when the dragons will return at toledodragonboat.org.
2017 Dragon Boat Summer Learning Festival
Saturday, July 22, 2017 at International Park on the Maumee River downtown.
Partners in Education would like thank all paddlers, steersman, captains, volunteers, and sponsors for a wonderful event! We appreciate you and your continued support which allows us to further our impact within the community. Proceeds from this event will support programs and services including:
- Leveraging Resources via Business, School & Community Partnerships
- Mentoring and Tutoring Programs in Northwest Ohio Schools
- Career and College Coaching Programs
- Enrichment Programs for Parents
- Professional Development for Nonprofits Serving Children
ABOUT Dragon Boating
With a history of more than 2,500 years, the sport of dragon boating originated in ancient China. The legends include warring states, radical politics and fierce loyalty and passion written poetically by one man – Qu Yuan. This man was exiled from the land that he loved, and in turn committed suicide in the Miluo River in a final form of protest against the corruption of his era. During an attempt to save Qu Yuan, the locals took to the river in their fishing boats, splashing their paddles to keep the water demons and evil spirits away.
Modern day dragon boating has few elements to this ancient tale remaining. However, it has evolved into a worldwide competitive sport, bringing together millions across the globe annually. Festivals with traditional Asian flare and culture are commonplace alongside a dragon boat race in recent years. High level competitions have also been organized since the mid 1970s.
But the sport’s growth has been most commonly found at the grassroots level. Dragon boating has become an extremely popular vehicle for fundraising, and tool for corporate team building. Local communities combine these two concepts to breath new life into their waterfront areas, and to stimulate their local economy.
Any age, size, ability and gender can learn to paddle on a dragon boat team. 20 paddlers are seated in 10 rows of 2 with a drummer sitting in the bow, facing the paddlers. The paddler’s job is to paddle in unison with the entire team. The drummer’s job is to beat the drum in sync with the paddlers and to motivate their team to the finish line. A steersperson stands in the stern of the boat, guiding the boat straight down the race course with a 10-foot oar.